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66,250 brave the weather on day one of National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska

66,250 visitors revelled in all of the action on day 1 of this year’s National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois.

Despite inclement weather conditions, the crowd ploughed on in lively spirits.

Those who braved the weather enjoyed everything from all the latest machinery and cutting edge innovations to fashion, quality livestock, crafts and many well-known faces.

The prestigious ‘Machine of the Year’ was awarded to the Spreadpoint SX-A Lime spreader.

Judges Kevin McDonnell, UCD, and Dermot Forristal, Teagasc, said:

“We recognise that there were a significant number of excellent entries, however, the Spreadpoint SX-A Lime spreader was a very deserved overall winner.

“Soil health is a key part of developing sustainable agricultural systems for Ireland and Europe, and this lime spreader will enable growers to utilise nutrients in the most effective and sustainable way.”

Speaking this evening, NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh said:

“With the wet weather, it was a challenging day for organisers but I would like to take this opportunity to thank patrons for their patience and support it was much appreciated.

“With much better weather due for tomorrow we eagerly anticipate all of that Day 2 has to offer.”

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