Lots to interest UK visitors at biggest one yet
Ireland is building up to its
annual agricultural jamboree:
The combined Irish National
and Machinery and Livestock
exhibition. In this feature we
look at what the event offers,
profile two of the countries
leading machinery firms and
review the Irish industry
EUROPES biggest Farming Festival takes place from Sept 29 – Oct 1 in Ferns, County Wexford, when the combined 1998 Irish National Ploughing Championship and Machinery and Livestock exhibition is staged.
The event is of interest not only to Irelands farmers, but that of the UK, too; those with an inkling of machinery knowledge know Irish firms are responsible for a significant volume of machinery used in the UK and beyond.
Company entries for this years event, held on a 20ha (50-acre) site, are reported by the organisers to be approaching the 800 mark, to make it the biggest show yet.
Two of the main attractions they insist will be the 14ha (35-acre) dedicated machinery demonstration area and the new livestock village, where visitors can get expert information on modern commercial cattle and sheep breeding techniques.
But the exhibition is not only about business, there is also the craic. For those looking for other attractions, the event will also be holding an inter hunt chase and a host of other entertainments, including local and national entertainers performing on the Guinness Gig Rig.