WEDNESDAY, July 25, is a date for your diary as Clogher Valley Show celebrates its centenary.
Farming certainly has evolved over the 100 years, yet the basic constituents of life remain exactly unchanged and unchanging, air, food, water and rest. Industrialisation and mechanisation has both changed the way we live and the way we work today.
Farmers in Ireland 100 years ago made hay, grew cereals, milked cows, fattened cattle for beef. Today they still make hay alongside silage, grow cereals, milk cows and fatten beef cattle.
Then it was man and nature, today it is man, nature and machinery.
So what machines are to be seen at this year’s Clogher Valley show?
One local machinery exhibitor who has been attending the Clogher show for almost 20 years is Fintona-based T McFarland Agri, which will be showcasing a range of machines from world leading brands such as Pottinger, Merlo, Fleming, NC, Johnston Bros, Erth, Reck and Shelbourne Reynolds.
One innovation on display will be the Slanetrac finger bar hedge trimmer. These are manufactured by Slanetrac in Navan, County Meath.
The machine that will be on display has been sold to a customer of McFarland’s, Barney O’Neill, Pomeroy. The SA-1000 model will be operated by Mr O’Neill’s Merlo Telehandler.
The SA-1000 Swivel Trim Tractor Front Loader Finger Bar allows you to convert a Front Loader or Telehandler quickly to a Hedge Trimmer. The SA-1000 Swivel Trim Tractor Front Loader Finger Bar Hedge Trimmer is a quick and easy system allowing you to perform neat hedge trimming. This system is connected to the tractor hydraulics so you need a tractor with a suitable hydraulic flow for it to operate properly. Eighty horse power upwards is recommended.
The best way to do this is to bring two hydraulic hoses from the rear of the tractor and connect them to the hedge cutter. The extra auxiliary on the loader can be connected to the hydraulic ram.
This allows you to move the hedge cutter from horizontal to vertical.
This product has a spring breakaway which protects the cutting head. It is very easy to use because you are cutting straight ahead of you and the steering is very responsive to your cut. You can reach good heights with your loader and ensures a neat and even cut. By the removing of one pin you can easily swivel the head to the opposite side.
This allows you to cut down behind fences and it also allows you to cut into corners. This operation is very difficult with other hedgecutters.
Other innovations on display include the Pottinger Impress round baler that is currently out on demo around Ireland to give prospective customers a feel for the new machine.
McFarland’s will also display: Pottinger Baler, Knife grinder and rake, Merlo 35.7 x2, Johnston Bros. Push off buckrake and trailer, NC sweepers, Moneycarrie safety cage, Reck electric mixer for pig tanks, Fleming slurry pump, 1600 gallon tanker, bale lifters, land rollers, Shelbourne Hedge cutter.
Sales representatives Ben Stokes from Pottinger, Stuart Henry from Merlo and Bryan Hunter from Fleming will be on hand to assist McFarland’s for the one day show.