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SEPTEMBER 2018
www.irishfarmersmonthly.com
Ploughing 2018 Focus
Innovation and international
appeal at
#Ploughing18
With record crowds of 291,500 visitors and over 1,700
exhibitors last year, and the site in Screggan, Tullamore,
proving to be a phenomenal success, signals suggest
another `great Ploughing' is on the way. This year there
will be an array of new exhibitors as well as hundreds
of outstanding veteran companies showcasing their
products and services in dynamic ways at the event,
which takes place on September 18-20. The very latest
models in agricultural machinery will be on display as
well as quality livestock, a Forestry Village, Motor Show,
Food Fayre, Hunt Chase, Fashion Shows, live music and
dancing, sheep dog trials, an extended a Local Enterprise
Village with over 80 exhibitors as well as national
baking competitions, craft shows and many topical
seminars. The dairy sector will also be very well catered
for, with many new additions.
NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh said: "It is
the primary aim of the National Ploughing Association
to improve exhibitor and visitor experience to ensure
the best possible `Ploughing' for all. There is serious
worldwide appeal with exhibitors, international buyers
and visitors coming from countries such as Turkey,
the USA, UK, Germany, India, Poland, China, Denmark,
Hungary Belgium, New Zealand, France, Saudi Arabia,
Latvia and the Netherlands all attending." In the
ploughing stakes, a particularly strong programme
has attracted entries from all around the country and
Northern Ireland, bringing the number preparing to
plough in O aly to over 350 for the three days. The
popular Innovation Arena is also making a very welcome
return and organisers have promised to present ground-
breaking technologies and cutting edge ideas. The total
prize fund announced is to the value of over 80,000 -
see www.innovationarena.ie for more.
At EirGrid, we manage the flow of electricity across the island. It's our job to plan ahead,
so that we can develop the grid and deliver a better energy supply. This brings greater
prosperity, so the whole community bene ts.
Visit us in the Agriculture Pavilion where our team will be happy to answer your questions
about our projects and what they mean for farmers, landowners and the community.
Come visit us at the
National Ploughing Championships
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