Abbey Machinery Ltd.

Abbey Machinery Ltd.

Abbey Machinery was established by the Cavanagh family in 1947, a family which has a long heritage and tradition in agricultural engineering dating back to the 19th Century. Abbey Machinery is one of Ireland’s largest and most respected manufacturers of agricultural equipment, with technology catering for the ‘Total Cow’. From high Tech Diet Feeders, precision Toppers, accurate Fertiliser Spreaders at the front end of the cow to Slurry Tankers, Muck Spreaders, Agitators to cater from the back end of the cow. Abbey Q-Parts offers over 500,000 parts to support Abbey machinery’s large range of agricultural machinery products. In addition there is a wide range of replacement parts and accessories for a wide range of non-Abbey products. These are provided through hundreds of distributors in Ireland, UK and other parts of the world.

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Clonalea, Toomevara , Nenagh , Co. Tipperary Ireland
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Abbey Machinery was founded by Mary & Joseph Cavanagh in 1947.The Cavanagh family had been blacksmiths operating a local foundry business in Abbey Lane, Nenagh since the late 1800’s. Prior to the foundation the Cavanagh’s were renowned for their innovative design and one such product was the award winning “Cavanagh Plough” which was unique and well ahead of its time.

Joseph Cavanagh spent his early years working in the foundry with his father and with a local company manufacturing aluminium. Joseph went to work in the United States in the 1930’s and during this period learned the latest welding and steel fabrication technologies while working in Upstate New York and in the shipyard’s of San Francisco.


Abbey Machinery operates from a modern factory which stands on a 30 Ha site and 100,000ft² of factory buildings.

Abbey Machinery manufacturers a wide range of agricultural machines which includes slurry & manure handling equipment, grassland management equipment and a range of animal feeding equipment.

On his return in 1946 he brought these new technologies with him and followed on the tradition of agricultural engineering the family were known for until he formed, with his wife Mary, Abbey Machinery in 1947.


With production lines running all year round from the new location, Abbey Machinery has increased the processes and capabilities available on the new site. The new factory, built on an expansive thirty acre plot, is home to an array of new technologies including improved laser cutting, shot blasting, and 2 pack painting with forced drying finishing process.

Research & Development

The new facility is complemented by an extensive investment in the research and development department, which has seen its resources increase substantially, and also with company owned land that allows for the testing of all product functionality in a real agricultural environment.

Quality & Reliability

Abbey Machinery’s experience guarantees the highest level of quality control throughout each stage of design, fabrication and manufacturing and this is carried through to our dealer network backup.