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Dunmore Silage Day 2014 – Update

Preparations for the event are well & truly coming together with plenty of machinery already landed

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Event kicks off at 12 sharp with the Demonstration field to be cut first

Both GAA matches will be viewable inside the event

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Dunmore Silage Day 2014

Dunmore Silage Day is back on August 3rd 2014

The event will be held on the same site as the 2012 event, boasting 35 acres of silage for cutting on the day.

Working Events:

  • DOUBLE CHOP WORLD RECORD (pre 1989)
  • 25 acre BIG CUT, all machines including single chop’s double chops precision chops ect
  • Unique competition – Rotary Mower Challenge
  • History of Silage Machinery demonstration

 

To register for a working event in 2014 please CLICK HERE!

 

Video’s of Dunmore 2012

GRASSMEN:

More Footage:

 

Dunmore Silage Day 2014

Dunmore Vintage Club will be hosting yet another Silage Day on Sunday August 3rd 2014 (August Bank Holiday weekend)

The show, being hosted in the same site as the 2012 show, boasts 35 acres of Silage to be cut on the day. The event lineup for the day is still being finalised, however strong conciderations of an emphasis on Double Chops and machinery from the Classics era of the 1980’s is being considered as one of the main events.

As always with the Dunmore show, we are keen to find and deomonstrate rare, iconic or historic tractors or silage machinery.

 

Registrations for the 2014 event will open shortly

 

DVD’s of the 2012 show, GRASSMEN’s: Classic Grassmen is available through us, contact Kevin on 087 2723474 or email info@dunmorevintage.com for more info

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Dunmore 2013

Dunmore Vintage Club have decided to hold a Small working Show in Dunmore on August 4th 2013, with a small display of haymaking, silage cutting and making the Traditional Sheep-cock from cocks of hay on the day, with attendees welcome to take part. A display of Vintage Cars, Tractors, Commercials & Stationary engines will be on display, along with Auto-Jumblers and Trade Stalls

Entry 10 Euro, Kids go FREE

Kids Entertainment is FREE

Working Field

European Class Tractor Pulling:As always with Dunmore Show, Tractor pulling is inevitable since our first ever show. Using a Ground Driven sleigh purposely built by members of the Dunmore Vintage Club, and weight Classes going from vintage tractors right through to modern day machines

Weight Classes:

3.5 Tonne

4.5 Tonne

5.5 Tonne

6.5 Tonne

8 Tonne

Unlimited weight Class

As always Weight Scales will be present & all Tractors must be weighed for each class they enter.

In the Unlimited Weight class there will be a demonstration of a Modern Day Giant versus a combination of Vintage Tractors. This demo pull is to see how many Vintage Tractors it takes to out-pull the Dunmore Agri Services owned Case Puma 195

Log Skidding

Log Skidding is a new venture by Dunmore Vintage Club, having never been tried in Ireland before but with quite a large following in Europe, it is essentially a Timed race around a circuit consisting of an Uphill part to test power and traction, at the very top of the hill the driver will have to navigate sharp turns where Differential locks will have to be disengaged as they make their way back down the hill to the start finish line. Split up into weight classes of 2.5 Tonne, 3.5 Tonne and 4.5 Tonne This event will be taking place as the Larger classes are competing in the Tractor Pulling

 

 

Dunmore 2014

Show 2014 is already in the Planning to be yet another MASSIVE grass event as we did in 2012. Keep the calendar empty for the August Bank Holiday Weekend 2014

Classic Grassmen

Check out Dunmore’s 2012 show from 2:28 on GRASSMEN’s latest production preview – Classic Grassmen, the full DVD will be available sometime in the spring.

More silage cutting again this year anyone?

We regret to announce that the 2013 Grass Event is off for anyone that has planned on attending already.. For obvious reasons the farming community has been hard hit in recent months with the shortage of silage, and with the sheer scale of the show along with the support of silage men throughout the length & breath of the country traveling long distances with machinery We have decided that a Bi-Annual show would be better suited for the Large Grass Event, instead for this year we have decided to host a small scale show focusing on all the other stuff that gets forgotten at the Big show

Bring on 2014 –

Show 2014

Dunmore Silage Day
– August Bank Holiday Weekend

Plans for an even bigger show in 2014 possibly in a new BIGGER location with even more grass to cut, Intentions for a Double Chop record, Ideas and suggestions to features, competitions & displays are gladly welcomed

We are currently looking for sponsors for the 2014 event, machinery manufacturers & dealers interested in working demonstrations ect

yet again the focus is on the rarest vintage & historic machinery being demonstrated on the day.

The historic displays being worked side by side with the most modern machinery available today gives this show its Unique characteristic in catering for all men women & children that get possessed by the smell of freshly cut grass

Contact us:
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October Bank Holiday Tractor Pulling

Dunmore Vintage Club are hosting a Tractor Pulling event on Sunday the 28th October in Dunmore, Co. Galway

Classes from 3.5 Tonne Vintage through to unlimited class, Tandem Pulling ect

All competing tractors, weighing in will be on sunday morning from 10:30 am

For more information, Rules ect contact Mike on 086 0449806

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9bTjK7dnVM

Show 2012 Aftermath

Show 2012 is over, the big talk is about only accident at the show, which of all things happened to be an aviation incident, we did our best to watch what was on the ground without watching the skies aswell. A Paraglider lost control of his machine on a flyover & crashed into ESB High Voltage lines. Luckily escaping with just a broken nose, damaged Pride & a mangled Paraglider.

Unfortunately our show site got very spread out but we could only pick dry spots to plant the show due to ground conditions with the exceptional summers rain we had. Please take into concideration the bravery of attempting to run this show regardless of what the weatherman was to curse us with. we cant or dont control the weather, we’re lucky we pulled it off atall & we’re thankful to those who supported us & came out on the day especially to those silage men that came from far & wide with arctic’s & rigids with tractors trailers & harvesters to cut some grass at show 2012.

Single Chop World Record: 105 Single Chop harvesters made their way to the show, after some never making it to the field, and several misfortunes later a grand total of 86 harvesters cut simultaneously

What we do know is it took almost 9 minutes before the last harvester started cutting, bar the breakdowns & machines getting stuck they were cutting simultaneously for 24 minutes 43 seconds, and it was 41 minutes before every blade of grass was swiped clean in the 25 acre field.
Some of the casualties we do know about, several more to be added:
Nuffield 1060 – water jacket burst
International 1055 – UG harvester gearbox broke
One of the two lads that drove from bandbridge in their Massey Ferguson tractors, the engine was beginning to sieze up. was either the 35 or the 65, yet to be verified.
Fordson Major – got stuck & was nudged out several minutes later
International – Pulled out for unknown reason
Ford 2000 & 1959 Green Taarup – Never made it to the field
Massey 165 & Taarup 43″ – Never made it to the field
David Brown 990 – PTO trouble
Fordson Major – Headgasket

The History Of Silage Machinery, we managed to have represented on the day:

1880’s when silage was first introduced to Ireland & the UK – The horse drawn finger bar mower & the horse cart

1920’s – McCormack Green Crop Loader – Unfortunately this machine failed us for this year with a siezed bearing & planetary gears beginning to bind. It will be working nextyear & thats a promise

1930’s – Wilder CutLift, the first single pass machine ever made was represented on the day by an Original Badge Plate on loan from Jim Fisher from North Cumbria, UK. We may have drawn one out after the show. Hopefully!

1950’s – Silorator, a pre single chop machine that would put some of the single chops to shame with the blow on it. the distance it was able to side fill wet grass was exceptional, being powered by a Porsche Master side filling a second porsche.

Late 50’s – 1959 Green Taarup, we were so overwhelmed that the club member that owns it hadnt time to cut with it

1960’s – New Holland SP1880, First Self Propelled in Ireland.

1970’s – Mengele SF300, just an extremely rare machine & a lot of history attached to Josef Mengele, aka the Angel of Death. we had this Side filling into two Deutz 8005’s…. A completely german affair

Double Chops, Precision Chops, Picking Wagons from the Taarup 1015 to Malone’s Brand New machines being powered by the most modern Fendt Vario technology in transmissions all working side by side in a 12 acre field

So Here’s a rough cut of some of the machines working on the day, only a teaser of some of the footage caputred



The rest… i’ll finish later

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