RIGHT: The muscular Valtra Q305 is expected to draw a crowd at Clarke’s Machinery’s section of Cavan Farm Machinery Show.

Clarkes Machinery showcase the new Valtra Q305

Surely one of the most eye-catching displays at this year’s Cavan Farm Machinery Show will be at the Clarke Machinery Group display.

The impressive Valtra Q305 will be hard to miss as it ranks as a super heavyweight build in comparison to the vast majority of its welterweight rivals.

“This year we will be showcasing the new Valtra Q305 which is the range-topping 305 horsepower tractor that Valtra launched last year. No one had really seen it until LAMMA last week, so it will be great for people to see it up close in Cavan at our display,” says Irwin Heaslip, Sales and Product Support for Clarke Machinery Group.

“It is aimed at the high-end market, catering for big contractors and tillage farmers - the instruments are getting bigger at the back and the tractors have to get bigger.

“Now of course we are not going to forget about the 100 horsepower men and the 200 horsepower guys - they are the main tractors we sell - offering comfort and reliability.

“As such Clarke Machinery will have the full Valtra range on display, from 100 to 305 horsepower with the A Series, N Series, T Series and the NEW Q Series available, with their expert staff on hand to explain the relative merits of each, with a choice of specifications to cater for any job on or off the farm. All our loaders, front linkage etc are factory fitted, something we take pride in, also we have colour options.”

The Cavan Farm Machinery Show has become a highlight on the business and social calendar for Clarke Machinery Group

“After Valtra Tractors, we showcase a sample of our new machinery across all brands including anything new that has come onto the scene in the last 12 months,” assures Irwin.

The Clarke Machinery Group stock extends far beyond the Valtra range with premium brands like McHale, Major, Kverneland, Redrock, McConnell, Broughan, Watson and a host of others. Adding to this is a huge stock of used tractors, loaders, and machinery, fully checked and serviced in our new state of the art workshop – as the current brochure says 750 machines to choose from.

“We don’t host any other open day, this local show is our choice of open days,” he says, noting it generates a lot of business annually. “You have your usual meet and greet with guys you mightn’t see in 12 months, even though they are only down the road, but they will come to the Cavan Farm Machinery Show.

“Its not about sales on the day of the show, it’s the contact to sow the seed of a new tractor or machine with a farmer. If you put in the time, you will reap rewards,” he says adding it’s good for raising the profile of the business.

Irwin was happy to report the growth of business in recent years, business in all sectors has been going “very well” not only at the New Inn premises, but across the other branches in Kells and Roscommon.

“The back end of 2022 was very busy with tractors and machinery being sold. The start of this year has been hectic with deliveries and farmers/contractors putting in orders for grass equipment for May 2023 already. Farmers/contractors aren’t holding off, it’s very busy.”

Irwin agrees the vibrancy of the machinery market reflects the strength of the agricultural sector after a memorable 2022 with good farmgate prices and excellent weather conditions.

“Farmers are the backbone of Ireland and if they are supported everyone will benefit, in one way or another.

“Our sister company, Clarkes of Cavan will be alongside us at the Show, with their display showcasing Kubota, Honda, Husqvarna, and much more. Quite simply it’s a show not to be missed – so come along and enjoy.”