Exhibitors Press Releases 2023

Exhibitors Press Releases 2023

Applied launches its Varimount 120 PTO driven air compressor at the 2023 National Ploughing Championships

The launch was hosted by Father Phil – father of popular agri influencer, Farmer Phil – and attended by an enthusiastic crowd, despite the inclement weather, including people from the agricultural, construction, and related sectors. 

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the turnout for the launch of the Varimount 120, the latest addition to our family of PTO compressors. We’re also grateful to Father Phil for hosting the launch. His presence and warm personality, no doubt, helped drive attendance and keep the audience engaged,” says Mark Clendennen, CEO of Applied Concepts Ltd. 

“We believe the Varimount 120 is a game changer for farmers, contractors, and people working in the agricultural, commercial, construction, and light industrial sectors. And this year’s National Ploughing Championships gave us the perfect opportunity to showcase what it can do.” 

Applied’s Varimount 120 does not disappoint, building on the same features and functions that have made its big brother – the Varimount 350 – the world’s number one PTO compressor. 

“With a guaranteed output of 120 CFM, it’s ideally suited to a range of applications like blowing down equipment, powering a blasting machine, or jetting cable into a pre-installed duct,” adds Mr. Clendennen.

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Schools groups given unique agri-learning opportunity at National Ploughing

Broadcaster and comedian Mary-Claire Fitzpatrick presents Certified Irish Angus calves at prestigious event   

20th September 2023: Broadcaster and comedian Mary-Claire Fitzpatrick today revealed the five secondary schools that have been selected as finalists in this year’s Certified Irish Angus Schools’ Competition. The five schools, from Tipperary, Limerick, Westmeath, Laois and Cavan, were chosen out of over 170 groups after several stages of the prestigious schools’ competition. The students have each received five Irish Angus-Cross calves and will be exhibiting their projects for the full three-day National Ploughing Championships. 

The Certified Irish Angus Schools Competition, run by Certified Irish Angus and its processor partners, ABP and Kepak, aims to encourage second-level students to gain an understanding of the considerable care and attention that is required to produce and market the highest quality beef for consumers. In addition to rearing the calves, the students will complete research projects focusing on different aspects of farming, the food chain and sustainability.  

The five schools announced to take part in the next instalment of the Certified Irish Angus Schools’ Competition include: 

· Loreto Secondary School, Clonmel students Emma Carey, Katie Butler, Sophie Dennehy and Lucy Kearney. The group will explore “Using Technology to raise Awareness of Health and Safety”. They plan on researching farmers’ knowledge of health and safety and creating an app to aid farmers and contractors in improving safety when hiring new staff. 

· Mercy Secondary School, Kilbeggan students Jack Larkin, Eoin Robinson and Shane King will research ways of “Applying Technology to Improve Angus Cattle Breeding”. They will demonstrate the use of ICBF evaluations to further trace Angus beef. The group will be creating a podcast “Angus to the Fore” where they will interview personnel in the agri sector and advocates for the Angus breed. 

· Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise students Carol Sheehy, Sinead Slevin and Jill Sheehy will research “Optimising Sustainable Animal Nutrition for Better Angus Beef Cattle”. They will focus their research on reducing carbon emissions by using a fully traceable local input supply chain. The students also aim to explore the opportunities for linking tillage and beef enterprises to deliver mutual benefits. 

· St. Clare’s College, Ballyjamesduff students Ellen McCaul, Nicole Briody, Blathnaid Farrelly and Tara McCabe will focus on “The Importance of Rearing Healthy Livestock” as their research project. They will be educating farmers on the practical ways they can reduce the number of antimicrobial products used on their farms. 
· Villiers School, Limerick students Patrick Barry, Ben Atkinson, Simon Austin, and Seán O’Brien will explore

Mental Health and Well-being among Farmers” which will investigate how young people think about farming and how this perception affects farmers. The group will highlight to farmers how rearing the Angus breed can greatly benefit them mentally and physically. 

The Certified Irish Angus Schools Competition aims to inspire students to consider the Irish agri-food industry as a valuable career choice. Each of the finalists will receive the financial benefit involved in the selling of the animals to the processors on completion of the project. The winning students also receive an additional grant of €2,000 for their further education.

Elite Breed Improvement Programme 

In addition to the schools’ competition activity at the National Ploughing Championships, Certified Irish Angus is also introducing visitors to its newest programme that will reward breeders through subsided sexed male semen and a €200 premium on every participating bull. The aim of the program is to achieve a 9% reduction in GHG emissions per kilo of beef while also highlighting the substantial financial and environmental improvements that can be made through genetics.  

The initiative, which is the first of its kind for any breed in Ireland, will enhance the genetics of Angus cross cattle in order to reduce carbon emissions and provide a cross-sectoral solution that will benefit Pedigree breeders, dairy farmers, and beef producers. The exhibition will feature experts who can offer information about the programme, an engaging visual explaining the process and Angus calves that have been produced through the Elite Breed Improvement Programme. 

Lyreco Ireland

Lyreco Ireland are launching an innovative Irish designed product at the National Ploughing Championships Stand 536, The Hub. No other product like it in the marketplace: Replaces sanitary bins in all bathrooms with a ECO friendly solution, comes flat packed,  no need for monthly van collections, no more plastic bins, dispose of with internal waste up to 7KG, antimicrobial properties to diffuse odours.

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Minister Joe O’Brien to launch ILDN 2022 Annual Report at The 2023 National Ploughing Championships

Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development, Integration and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD will be at the 2023 National Ploughing Championships tomorrow (Tuesday 19th September 2023). Here he will partake in a panel discussion on the Rural Social Scheme and launch the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN) 2022 Annual Report.
You are invited to send a representative.

The Minister will be available to speak with the media immediately after the panel discussion.

What: Launch the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN) 2022 Annual Report and panel discussion on Rural Social Scheme.
Where: The National Ploughing Championship, Stand 308, Row 18, Block 4
When: 14:00 pm, Tuesday, 19th September 2023

 All media attending will be required to carry appropriate identification.

 You must register for this event, however, your attendance will not be guaranteed until you receive a confirmation email. Please indicate your interest by emailing press.office@drcd.gov.ie by 12.00 pm, Tuesday, 19th September 2023.

BvL To Exhibit For 1st Time

It’s over 40 years since BvL introduced the first vertical feed mixer wagon to the market, during which time the German family company has grown to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of diet mixers.
Today, the BvL V-MIX range of diet feeders covers a wide range of trailed machines, available in single, twin and triple augers variants and in capacity from 3.5m3 up to 46m3. A wide range of specifications and options are available on each machine, allowing them to be tailored to exactly meet the needs of all types of farm and livestock. Following the appointment of McMullan Agri as their main distributor for Ireland, BvL will be exhibiting at the National Ploughing Championships for the first time, displaying representative models from the extensive range of V-Mix diet feeders.

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Portwest Welly Throw

Bobcat Products

Adare Machinery, the Limerick-based Authorised Bobcat Dealer for Ireland, will have the company’s largest ever stand at this year’s National Ploughing Championships, being held at Ratheniska in County Laois in Ireland from 19-21 September 2023. Now in its 92nd year, the National Ploughing Championships is the largest event of its type in the world. and Adare will have the biggest display of Bobcat equipment ever, with several products make their debut at the show.   
William Cuddy, Sales Manager at Adare Machinery, said: “We are very proud to be representatives for the Bobcat brand at this year’s Ploughing Show. We are hoping for a very strong turnout to see our biggest ever stand …… 

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McMullan Agri

McMullan Agri are currently the sole Bailey Trailer dealer in the Island of Ireland. Based in Armoy, Ballymoney, McMullan supply and support all trailers available from Bailey’s comprehensive range. Adding a trailer to McMullan’s stable of brands was high on the list for the company as Laurence McMullan explains… “We had been looking to add a trailer to our offering for some time. Following extensive research into trailer manufacturers, Bailey Trailers stood head and shoulders over other brands. A visit to Bailey’s factory was enough to make the decision easy – the build quality, their wealth of experience, engineering know-how and the longevity of their business when compared to others. 

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Develon Products

EMS (Embankment Machinery Sales), based in Naas in County Kildare, is showing several new products from Develon, formerly Doosan Construction Equipment, for the first time at the National Ploughing Championships, being held at Ratheniska in County Laois in Ireland from 19-21 September 2023. 
EMS is responsible for sales and service for the full range of Develon crawler and wheeled excavators from 14-100 tonne in Leinster, Munster and Connacht in Ireland. EMS (www.emsmachinery.com) is also the dealer in the same areas for the full range of Develon mini- and midi-excavators from 1 to 11 tonne. 

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BOOSTED by the success of its entry level 7.5m Farmline Trailing Shoe, slurry equipment specialist SlurryKat has launched wider models up to 10.5m ahead of the National Ploughing Championships in County Laois.
And, staying with all the core SlurryKat manufacturing principles, these new models are also built to be strong with the best steel, yet staying lightweight to reduce soil compaction.
Garth Cairns, SlurryKat Innovator and CEO, said: “We launched the 7.5m Farmline Trailing Shoe in 2018 and it has been a huge success.
“However, as slurry tankers have become larger and more grants have become available to help farmers purchase …

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Family firm joins global leader Hiab

One of Southern Ireland’s most established truck body manufacturers has been named as an official partner of a global leader in heavy lifting equipment.
Gleeson will already be a familiar name to many companies in the region having grown from a small agricultural equipment provider in 1968 to become a cutting-edge manufacturer of bodies.
Its five decades of market experience have now been recognised by Hiab, the world leading provider of load handling.
The Tipperary-based company will continue its growth as it becomes a leading Hiab sales and service provider in Southern Ireland. 

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Engineers Ireland

About Engineers Ireland
Engineers Ireland is the trusted voice of the Engineering profession, with 26,000 members. They will exhibit at the National Ploughing Championships for the first time this year, with the theme ‘Engineering Your Future’.
Dr. Edmond Harty (ex Dairymaster) is President of Engineers Ireland and a well-known Engineer.
As you may know, Edmond previously won the prestigious title of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Edmond will be on site throughout the event, being Engineers Ireland’s primary spokesperson and he will answer any questions about engineering.

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DeLaval has announced the largest robot batch milking farm is working well at Lønholm Agro near Kolding, Denmark. The 830 strong pedigree Jersey herd is being milked by 24 VMS™ V310 robots in a unique batch milking system which will enable owner Klaus Jakobsen to grow the herd to 1400 cows in the near future.
“We started milking in May this year and the cows adapted very quickly. Batch milking is the right system for our 700 hectare farm because we needed to reduce our dependence on skilled labour and have a milking method that could be scaled up easily and quickly,” he says. 

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McAree Engineering

McAree Engineering will have a vintage Farmall Super A from the late 1940’s (see photo)  which they believe is the only one in Ireland.  It has been restored by Benny McCabe in Monaghan. McAree will be displaying their full range of V-Mac silos on their stand – with single and split silos along with legged, offset and enclosed options available to check out.  This year they will also have one of their feeder wagon storage solutions – their enclosed silo with feeder wagon augur fitted to it.  Their very popular tote bins will also be on display. The feed silos are constructed using Magizinc, a modern steel that provides the extremely high levels of ….

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Reesink Agri

New machinery distributor Reesink Agri enters the Irish market with Kaweco high end slurry equipment from the Netherlands.
Dutch company Royal Reesink is a market leading international distributor and service provider in the field of high quality machinery, components and services in agriculture, landscape maintenance, Turfcare and warehouse equipment. The 238 year old Dutch giant was founded by Hendrik Reesink as a one man operation in the Netherlands in 1786 and today employs over 2,500 people in around 40 subsidiaries worldwide. 

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Virtual Reality Quad Experience

A virtual reality (VR) quad bike experience, aimed at helping improve farm safety, will be available for visitors to the National Ploughing Championship from FRS Training. The VR experience will take the user across various agricultural scenarios and terrains such as the farmyard, herding cattle, rough and inclined ground, showing how these vehicles should be handled. Quad bikes have been growing in popularity as agricultural vehicles in recent times but their use has also led to a number of accidents occurring. 10 quad related deaths are reported* to have occurred on Irish farms over the last decade.

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empowerDX, a Leading Home-test Provider launches in Ireland.
empowerDX Ireland, a leading producer of self-sampling health tests, will attend the National Ploughing Championships 2023, the largest agricultural show in Europe, which will take place in Ratheniska, Co. Laois, Ireland, from September 19th to 21st.
Inspired by the work of the Agriculture & Food Development Authority in promoting health and wellness among the farming community, empowerDX Ireland will be showcasing its innovative and high-quality products for human health and wellness, such as self-sampling blood and DNA tests.

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The Department of Social Protection

The Department of Social Protection will be attending the National Ploughing Championships from 19 to 21 September.
We will be based in the Our Rural Future: Supporting People and Communities section of the Government of Ireland Village, at Block 3 | Row 22 | Hub 348 seen on the map here.
The changes in the State Pension (Contributory) and the new Auto-Enrolment scheme are our focus this year. Over the course of the three days, experts from the Department will give talks on the latest developments taking place on State Pension (Contributory) changes and the new Auto-Enrolment retirement scheme that will give employees extra income…

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Applied Concepts Ltd.

Applied set to launch its Varimount 120 PTO driven air compressor at the National Ploughing Championships, Tue, Sep 19, 2023 – Thu, Sep 21, 2023
County Offaly based designer and manufacturer of the world’s number one PTO compressor, Applied Concepts Ltd., is set to launch its Varimount 120 – little brother to the Varimount 350 – at the upcoming National Ploughing Championships on 19 September 2023. And it’s chosen Father Phil – father of popular agri influencer, Farmer Phil – to host the launch.
The latest addition to Applied’s PTO compressor family builds on the same features and functions that have made the Varimount 350 thebenchmark in PTO driven compressors.

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Helping Irish Hosts

Helping Irish Hosts, in partnership with the Irish Red Cross, Peter McVerry Trust and IOM, has helped accommodate over 15,000 displaced Ukrainians in more than 7,000 Irish households since March 2022. As the need for accommodation becomes ever more critical, the role hosts have played in Ireland’s Ukraine response is truly remarkable. 
Helping Irish Hosts, an organisation set up for hosts by hosts, is heading to the Ploughing Championships with a shipping container they’ve turned into a home where they’ll be inviting hosts from all over the country to stop by for cups of tea around the kitchen table to share about their experience and get some support.
Angie Gough, CEO and Co-Founder of Helping Irish Hosts, says: “The Irish community response to the invasion of ….

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DEFY Sports Apparel & Sam Maguire

DEFY are delighted to announce that they will have the Sam Maguire cup at their stand (Block 2,  Row 39,  Stand 594) at the Ploughing all day on Tuesday the 19th of September.

Courts Service

We will have a Virtual Reality Experience in the Justice Sector Tent, Stand 351, in the Government of Ireland Village. Members of the public will be able to see what the inside of a courtroom looks like during a trial. 

Countdown to Applied’s Varimount 120 Launch

The countdown is on! Just 96 hours to go to the launch of the Varimount 120 PTO air driven compressor from Applied Concepts Ltd.  Join us at the 2023 NPA National Ploughing Championships on Tuesday, Sep 19, to be part of the action. You can find us at Block 2, Row 15, Stand 268. It will be a great opportunity to see the Varimount 120 in person and meet our CEO, Mark Clendennen. Looking forward to seeing you there. 

Our Rural Future

Ministers Humphreys and Joe O’Brien look forward to promoting outdoor recreation and community engagement at the 2023 National Ploughing Championships. 
·       8-metre climbing tower for visitors to try out skills
·       Department exhibit to showcase supports available to communities
·       Hands-on computing and robotics demonstrations
·       Mobile library and games to feature
The sustainable development of outdoor recreation in rural areas will be a key focus for the Department of Rural and Community Development at this year’s National Ploughing Championships, due to begin in Ratheniska, Co. Laois on Tuesday 19th September.

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Bord Na Móna

Partnering with the National Ploughing Championship to bring sustainable solutions to live events. 
Waste collection and management is of upmost importance at live events. Such events cangenerate a significant amount of waste, including food containers, beverage cups, promotionalmaterials and more. Unmanaged waste can pose safety, hygiene, and fire hazards. Proper wastemanagement helps maintain a clean and safe environment for attendees/staff and promotes apositive image. Proper waste management also ensures that an organiser adheres EU and Irishregulations, avoiding potential penalties.
For this reason, Bord na Móna Recycling have been selected as the waste management partner for the National Ploughing

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O’Neill’s Flowers

A family-run business with 40 years of experience in horticulture. 

Our goal is to combine our long history in the industry with fresh and innovative floral designs. Based in the beautiful Cooley Peninsula, County Louth, Ireland
We grow seasonal bedding plants, strawberries, shamrock, pumpkins, and a small flock of free-range hens. On top of our floral services, we offer container and flower bed planting for both individual homeowners and Tidy Town customers. We also have a strong local customer base in Carlingford/Dundalk and Cooley Peninsula, where we deliver fresh flower bouquets.
For those further afield, we offer nationwide courier delivery primarily for florist supplies but also for gardening supplies. In 2022, we were even awarded Premier Oasis Stockist status! 

This will be our first time having a stand at the ploughing and our aim is to promote our growing online business.