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Ninety years in Irish farming: New Holland and Henry Ford 
New Holland will be celebrating its ninety year old association with Irish farming when it appears at the 2009 Farm Machinery Show in County Kildare in February.

The manufacturer of award-winning agricultural machinery is proud to trace its history in Ireland back to Henry Ford and his original ‘Fordson Model F’ which was first produced at the Ford factory in Cork in 1919.

This was the first Ford factory outside of America and it created what is now regarded as an agricultural classic – and the first tractor to be mass produced.

Henry Ford built the factory in Ireland after returning to the country where his father and grandfather were born. His family were originally farmers, but fled to America during the Great Famine in 1847.

Over the years, Ford and New Holland merged to become the company that exists today. Now that company will be proudly exhibiting its latest generation of 21st century machines and innovations at the 2009 FTMTA.

Visitors to the show will be able to see the award-winning New Holland T6080 along with its award-winning brother, the T7000. There will also be a selection of harvesting equipment and other tractors on show.

These machines have evolved and developed almost beyond recognition over the last ninety years, but like their Henry Ford forbears, they still enable farmers and contractors to maximize productivity and efficiency. This new generation of machines will also help those customers save on fuel and input costs – a very modern and increasingly important issue for today’s farmers.
Today, New Holland’s presence in Ireland is very strong. Its dealership network is thriving; in fact, it has now established one of the largest and most comprehensive networks of its kind within Ireland.

The Ireland sales manager, Rob Alker believes the relationship New Holland has forged over the years with Irish farming is going strong. And he says the historic link it has with Henry Ford’s Irish legacy is one that the company is very proud of.

“New Holland’s very strong presence in Ireland has always been underpinned by the long history we have in farming here – thanks, initially, to Henry Ford and his Fordson Model F. It’s a great part of our history and a great part of Irish agricultural history.

“These days, the association we have with Irish farming is further reinforced by the dealership network that we’ve built up. I think it’s really very fitting that we’ll be celebrating our ninety year involvement in Irish farming at the Irish Farm Machinery Show.”

The Farm Machinery Show is being held from 3rd to 5th of February and is the biggest show of its kind in Ireland. It is also celebrating its own 20th anniversary this year. New Holland will be amongst 110 trade stands and organisers are expecting a bumper turnout of machines and manufacturers for the show this year.

The Farm Machinery Show is being held at the new Punchestown Agricultural Event Centre in Naas, County Kildare.

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