Friday, 31 May 2024 10:55

Greening up at Fieldays

Written by  Mark Daniel
Ambassador for Ireland to NZ Jane Connolly at the 2023 Fieldays Enterprise Ireland stand with John Concannon of JFC Agri Ltd. Ambassador for Ireland to NZ Jane Connolly at the 2023 Fieldays Enterprise Ireland stand with John Concannon of JFC Agri Ltd.

In the rural landscapes of New Zealand and Ireland, a shared agricultural heritage thrives, built on a strong mixture of tradition and innovation, with mirror image climates earning both countries global acclaim for their food quality and sustainable agriculture.

Ireland's journey from a longstanding agricultural economy to a leader in science-based innovation is a testament to its commitment to the future of farming. By integrating traditional practices with modern advancements, Ireland helps farms and agribusiness worldwide to not only maximise their yields but also to minimise environmental impacts, inputs, and costs.

Ireland currently exports innovative solutions to over 140 countries, generating over €1 billion in sales annually.

Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Government's export agency, returns to Fieldays for the 17th consecutive year in 2024, hosting a blend of established brands and innovative startups, with some new products developed specifically for the New Zealand market.

Exhibitors at the Ireland Pavilion (Stand D67) include a plethora of companies from newcomers such as Agri Data Analytics, who are developing a bovine breathalyser device to capture and measure enertic ruminant methane emissions and JFC Agri, who after visiting Fieldays last year, has adapted its Evolution automatic calf feeder to feed whole milk to New Zealand dairy calves. Dairy Master offers advanced milking systems, feeding equipment, and herd management tools, while Abbey Machinery specialises on the back end of the animals with slurry handling, grassland, and of course, animal feeding equipment.

In addition to the Ireland Pavilion, visitors should look out for other Irish brands being exhibited local distributors or dealers, including Gallagher Animal Management, who will featuring StrongBó Agritech's Auto Weigher system being launched in New Zealand - automated and remote front-foot livestock weighing system for real time performance and health.

Waringa will make their debut at Fieldays, showing Agri-Spread International's multipurpose fertiliser and lime spreaders, Webbline will present Mastek's innovative slurry pumps and dribble bars.

Elsewhere the Power Farming Group will showcase McHale's balers and bale handling equipment, Giltrap Agrizone will be showing HiSpec, Malone, Major, and Prodig products, while Ag Attachments will be featureing Tanco's Bale Shears and Drommone's ball and pick up hitch systems.

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