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Sustainability on display at The Royal Highland Show

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh.

Over the decades, Scotland’s largest annual agricultural show has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors, and each year welcomes up to 190,000 people from all walks of life.

As well as interested parties from across Scotland and the UK, it is also a key trade show for Irish agricultural companies which have strong connections to the sector in Scotland – and while it has been a turbulent time for the industry across the UK as input costs continue to rise for producers and the push for more sustainable farming intensifies, at least a dozen Irish companies will be exhibiting at the show which takes place from June 23rd to 26th.

Representing a range of innovations and new technologies, the breadth of Irish capability in the industry will be showcased by firms such as Keenan Alltech and JFC – while Abbey Machinery, Cross Engineering and Easyfix will be sharing their innovations which will not only help farmers to improve their nutrient management, but crucially will assist them in developing a more sustainable approach to farming.

And while many of the companies exhibiting have a long track record at the show, there will be some newcomers this year with first time exhibitors, Herdwatch, a Tipperary-based livestock management platform and livestock housing manufacturers, Condon Engineering, which is based in Louth.

The list of exhibitors representing the sector in Ireland include:


  • Abbey Machinery – this Agri machinery company from Nenagh in Tipperary will be at Stand E-102 to answer any questions on slurry tankers and spreaders. And the firm’s UK sales manager, David O’Malley, says there have been many advances in slurry equipment technology.

“Abbey Machinery support reduced emissions spreading with our new Slurry Applicator technology,” he said. “We have added a collection of smart technology to our equipment, including the Multi-Stage Rapid Filling Arm, Application Flow Control and NIR Live Sensing of the nutrient value in the slurry, helping the customer achieve the most nutrients and value. Two of our new Low Emission Slurry Spreading Applicators include a 10.7 DM Band Spreader and a 7.7m Trailing Shoe Premium Plus version, which reduces the surface area of the slurry by placing it in narrow bands rather than a thin film on the grass.

“The Band Spreader will deliver up to 30% reduction and the trailing shoe up to 60% reduction in ammonia losses. These innovative machinery solutions make sustainable, data driven farming as efficient and easy as possible for the farmer.”

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  • Condon Engineering, which is based in Collon Co Louth, will be exhibiting for the first time at the Royal Highland Show from Stand F 123. The livestock housing equipment manufacturer specialises in designing products to assist farmers with comfortably housing and properly caring for their animals and it is growing its loyal customer presence in the UK.

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  • Cross Agricultural Engineering Ltd will be exhibiting at Stand D-95. The Kildare based Agri-machinery manufacturer has a broad portfolio of machinery to suit everything from tillage to slurry with the latter set to garner much interest as it fits the sustainability drive in the sector.

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  • Galway based company EASYFIX will be exhibiting at Stand E 116 and showcasing their range of livestock comfort solutions, which range from cow matting and rubber flooring to cubicles and silage pit bags. They will also be sharing information about their slurry management technology.

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  • Modern farming is all about technology and Tipperary based firm Herdwatch will be displaying its livestock management platform at Stand F135. Its sheep focused product, Flockwatch, which is a key focus for the show, was launched recently and has already proven popular.

Mervyn Harvey, Head of Growth for Herdwatch says the easy-to-use app will allow famers to track their flock performance and profitability. “With Flockwatch, sheep farmers will have an app at their fingertips which works seamlessly with EID readers, allowing rapid recording for lambing, compliance, weights and everything else they need to turn data into profit such as breeding productivity, animal health and growth,” he said.

“When we launched Herdwatch, we set out to help farmers reduce the paperwork required for farm compliance. And over time it has evolved into an app which is as much about monitoring animal performance as it is about compliance and helping our existing members make better on-farm decisions. Flockwatch will do the same thing for sheep farmers by allowing them to track flock performance and health individually or in groups in one simple-to-use app.”

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  • Irish Agri product manufacturers, JFC will be showcasing their innovative products at Stand R-248. Included in their range is the Evolution Automatic Calf Feeder which they launched earlier this year in the UK and is set to revolutionise the calf-feeding process.

The product, which as a 20% greater output than any of its competitors, allows farmers to feed up to 140 calves. It also has an innovative dual hopper system, allowing the user to feed two different types of calf milk replacer – making it by far the most efficient calf feeder on the market. This innovative design feature is the only feeder on the market with this technology and with its ‘simple to use’ technology, it is very attractive to farmers as anyone who can farm can operate the machine with ease.

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  • Based in Borris, Co Carlow, KEENAN/Alltech will be operating at the Royal Highland Show from Stand S-273. Established in 1978, the company is a respected leader in sustainable and profitable farming solutions, focused on maximising feed efficiency. And at this year’s show it will be highlighting its newly launched Mechfiber 365+, the innovative feeder wagons, which will undoubtedly attract much attention.

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  • McHale is one of the market leaders in balers and bale wrappers and will be showcasing their broad range of Agri machinery at Stand S-267 at the show.

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  • Based in Monaghan, V-Mac Silos will be showcasing its products, which are manufactured by McAree Engineering, and custom built to customers requirements, at Stand T-33. Having been in business for 75 years, the company has a solid reputation for its rolled body construction and smooth inside wall which allows for optimum flow and durability.

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  • Based in Dundalk, Co Louth, Wakely Engineering Ltd specialises in the manufacture of feed mills to include roller, grinder and crimping mills for farmers, contractors, and industry. With quality and durability as standard in all their products, the firm will be highlighting its range at Stand D-79 – focussing on the larger machines for the contractor market, which they currently have on offer.

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If you would like to speak to any of our Irish exhibitors at the show or discuss with the latest Agri innovation coming from the Irish market please get in touch with Kevin Fennelly, UK Market Advisor – Agriculture

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