The FCI’s second biennial Conference and Exhibition (Confex 2019) takes place on Wednesday, December 4th, at the National Show Centre, Cloghran, Swords (EIRCODE: K67 VF43).
The theme for this year’s event is ‘Contracting – The Next 10 Years’ where contractors from across Ireland will be able to gain an insight into future technological developments and opportunities within the sector.
The one-day event, which has received the support of FBD Insurance and runs from 12 noon to 9pm, will combine a series of short seminars/conferences on issues impacting contractors working across the sector throughout the day, along with a machinery exhibition of equipment and systems.
There will be two conference/seminar rooms interspersed with 45 trade stands where a series of 30, short individual 20-minute presentations will be provided during the event to provide contractors with information relating to new machinery systems as well as an insight into machine costs and future trends.
Farm machinery brands present at the event include Amazone, Claas, Cross, Fendt, JCB, John Deere, Komatsu, Krone, McHale, New Holland, OCE, Samco, Samasz, Slurrykat, Tanco, Valtra and Vogelsang.
Other exhibitors include Agrigear, Agriking, Bailey Machinery Sales, Benn Agri, Breen’s Farm Machinery, Dipetane, DTE Adam McDonald, Easytrak, Egmont Agri, FBD, Finol, Fossland Services, Gaeltacht Communications, Green Equipment Supplies, Silawrap, JMC Parts, Kingswood Computing, Mastek, McHale Plant Sales, One-Click Accounts, Road Safety Authority, Rotech, Quaile Machinery, TAMA UAT, Teagasc, Topcon, and Vantage Ireland.
‘Consolidate the strength of the contracting sector’
Speaking ahead of the FCI Confex 2019 event, Richard White, National Chairman of the Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) said, “We urge all contractors, who are FCI members and others, to support us in hosting this important information and networking event so that together we can consolidate the strength of the contracting sector within Irish agriculture and enhance opportunities for the future.”
“We want to see our FCI members play a full part in the future development of the Irish agri-food industry.”
White believes this can be achieved through access to the best information in order to make good business decisions for their contracting businesses.
“As contractors, we support Ireland’s world-class farming and agri-food industry with a combination of field efficiency, the latest machine technology coupled with experienced-based advice to ensure machinery system cost efficiency on Irish farms.” White added.
‘An increasingly vital role’
Fiona Muldoon, CEO of FBD Insurance, said: “FBD Insurance is proud to support the Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland conference.”
“FBD supports their significant contribution to and growing role in Irish agriculture. Contractors play an increasingly vital role assisting farmers meeting environmental and labour challenges as Irish agriculture adapts to our changing world.”
“FBD is committed to working closely with FCI members and to the next 50 years of FBD protection for farm and forestry contractors,” Muldoon added.
John McCarthy Agricultural Machinery Ltd., trading as JMC Parts, based at Inchinattin, Reenascreena, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork, is once again the food sponsor for the event.
John McCarthy, company founder, said, “The company goal at JMC Parts is simple. To provide the spare parts that our customers need with a reliable 24-hour delivery service within Ireland and a knowledgeable team supported by an extensive product.”
“We are delighted to support the good work of FCI in helping contractors to develop sustainable businesses in rural Ireland and our food sponsorship of the FCI Confex 2019 event is an acknowledgement of that close connection between our company and the needs of Irish contractors,” said John McCarthy of JMC Parts.
FCI has joined forces with Emerald Health & Safety to offer contractors “competitively-priced” manual handling and abrasive wheel training on the morning of the event.
Both courses will be available on the day starting from 9am, depending on demand. Each course lasts just two hours and all participants will receive their certification on completion.
All contractors are required by law to ensure that all of their staff have completed a training course in Manual Handling skills and especially so for farm & forestry contractor businesses.
The FCI recommends taking the Dublin Airport exit off the M1 Motorway and taking the third exit at the roundabout at Dublin Airport onto the R132.
After driving some 500m, take the third exit at the next roundabout down Stockhole Lane, followed by an immediate left turn into the National Show Centre.
Free-car parking, however, an entry fee of €25 will apply (lunch and dinner included).