Thursday 22 September 2022

A Trip To The National Ploughing Competition.




Anyone for Poteen?
A toe nail trimmer.

Lister engine.
I have got one of those.

Just like my Anna Ford.
An American visitor.


 It  was like Glastonbury music festival  with vintage tractors..

I finally managed to get to the ploughing championships both Irish and World this year.  115,500 attended yesterday including yours truly.

Biblical like multitudes descend on the site but the majority of people go for the trade stands.   Oh to have lots of money πŸ’° to buy all these things like diggers and everything what any smallholder, big farmer, country dweller wants.

We set off at 5 and endured some very long traffic jams several miles from the ploughing   We got there at 9.20 and I wandered round on my Jack Jones for 3 hours until my phone starting ringing and I made my way through the world and wife crowds and found them waiting at the beer tent.  I only had a pint of Heineken for 6 Euros fifty.  

Hope you like photos of my vintage tractor 🚜 friends?

What do you call someone who use to like tractors and doesn't any more?  An extractor fan.

More photos from the ploughing tomorrow.


16 comments:

  1. Great photos Dave, and I am glad to hear you attended. My brothers all took part in ploughing matches (also called drawing matches here) when they were younger. Great fun and skill in drawing a straight furrow. Our local ploughing match is next weekend.

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  2. Thanks Rachel. I found myself getting far away from the madding crowds and looking at the vintage machinery and ploughing. It was straw fields and lovely brown friable soil and the fields were flat. Ploughing is obviously a very skilful task and the vintage tractors made it an art in itself.

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  3. I want that cute little red tractor. Imagine going to the shops on that. What a hoot :o)

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  4. I think it's an Allis Chalmers an American tractor mean queen. I love vintage and particularly small tractors. Horses for courses and all that. Thanks!

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  5. It took you from 5 to 9.30 to get there so I am guessing the event was held near Bantry? My late father-in-law Charlie was an arable farmer. He would have loved it.

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  6. Ratheniska in County Laoias is where the ploughing championships are hosted this year YP. Like I say above most people pay the 25 Euros admission just to browse and shop the trade stands. I love vintage tractors, thanks,

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  7. Reminds me of days gone by, although those tractors are older than me. My father ran a farm machinery shop .

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  8. There were lots of modern day tractors on show and ploughing Linda but I prefer the vintage ones. They didn't have sat nav and were made to be fixed in the field. I suppose its rural nostalgia like we like 1950s American cars in Cuba and steam railways in England. Thanks!

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  9. YOU HAVE A STEEL WHEEL??? Does it run???? Oh my goodness, what my husband would give to have one of those! Side note: They are prized by the Amish here, who can use tractors, but only steel wheels. (Short answer: I do not know). He's not home right now, but you are absolutely right. He will enjoy this post, and the ploughing post too.

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  10. No the one above Debby. I have a Ford 3000 tractor. More photos tomorrow. Thanks!

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    1. Tim came strolling in with his morning bowl of raisin bran with banana, and I said, "A fellow from Ireland has some pictures you will be interested in." When I pulled up this post, he set his bowl down and leaned in, and then said, "Let me sit down." Thank you. We are much interested in the ploughing contests. Here 'tractor pulls' are the thing. My sister wants to pull, once she is retired, and has the time.

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    2. Great to read Debby. I would love to see 'tractor pulls'.

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  11. They have ploughing competitions here in Wales - a whole new world to me

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    1. Ploughing seem to be an art Mark. I like to watch the ploughman on their vintage tractors accurately following a length of wood stuck in the ground. They have eyes like hawks.

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  12. The local ploughing matches here are popular too. I must go one day.

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  13. It was Corn stubble they were ploughing JayCee. Lovely brown soil and very flat fields.Most people go to the trade stands and look at the new machinery...?

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