Workshop course

Explore the art of plowing with the Longford Plowing Association Novice Plowing Workshop

Next Saturday, April 2, the Longford Plowing Association returns to John and Helen Kiernan’s farm in Carragh, Granard for the ‘Novice Plowing’ workshop.

Starting at 12 p.m., this event focuses on introducing learners to plowing. The initiative includes individual practical plowing skills, ranging from setting up your plow correctly to maintaining and maintaining your plow and what it entails to complete a plot according to NPA rules.

The current global unrest and fallout from the Russian invasion of Ukraine has sparked renewed interest in farm self-sufficiency. Good plowing skills will be invaluable in the future.

This annual novice event has been a huge success for young farmers since it was first organized by Longford Plowing in 1986. After being inactive for the past two years, plowing members look forward to sharing their time, their tractors and their plows with apprentices. Candidates may bring their own tractor and plow.

Participants must present a learner’s permit or driver’s license on Saturday April 2. The top performer of the day qualifies to represent County Longford in the novice class at the National Plowing Championships at Ratheniska September 20-22. Free access to the exhibition each day is included for the winner.

The price for the novice course is €10 and includes hot, healthy refreshments courtesy of the Longford Plowing Association.

To reserve your place, contact Tom Bannon on 087 969 1176, or speak to one of our members. Please ‘follow’ facebook/longfordploughing and ‘like’ the Novice post for more details.