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Live: Day three of the National Ploughing Championships 2016 in Tullamore
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Live: Day three of the National Ploughing Championships 2016 in Tullamore

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Ploughing 2016 is over, with organisers reporting another attendance record and Eamonn Tracey claiming his 11th title in the senior conventional class. Relive all the action in our archived live blog.
Ploughing 2016 is over, with organisers reporting another attendance record and Eamonn Tracey claiming his 11th title in the senior conventional class. Relive all the action in our archived live blog.


That's it from all of us at the Irish Farmers Journal! Thanks to all of you who visited our stand and followed our online coverage, it's been a fantastic Ploughing. Find all our coverage of the event here and stay tuned to for more stories from the past three days.



And here are the winners of today's competition classes:

  • JUNIOR CONVENTIONAL - Liam Hamilton, Wicklow
  • NOVICE 2 FURROW CONV. CLASS JUNIOR GRADE - Conor Mulligan, Longford
  • NOVICE 2 FURROW CONV. CLASS SENIOR GRADE - James O'Sullivan, Cork west
  • SPECIAL HORSE CLASS - Gerard King, Louth
  • STANDARD 3 FURROW REVERSIBLE - Frankie Gowing, Offaly
  • 7:02pm

    The cattle on duty for our livestock demos for the past three days are happy to go home!




    Eamon Tracey has just been announced as the overall winner in the Senior Conventional Ploughing Competition. This is the 11th time Eamon has won the title.


    Browse our photo gallery above for the latest additions from our photographers.


    Ploughing 2016 sets another attendance record.


    We'll have to wait another few weeks to learn where #Ploughing17 will be held.


    Ploughing 2016 is soon coming to an end - time to take a look at the best of the third day with our video below:


    We've met Fianna Fáil’s agriculture spokesman Charlie McConalogue TD, who says the Government should establish a crisis fund to support tillage farmers hit by poor harvest conditions prior to next month’s budget.Read more here.




    Fenu Health have just won the people's choice innovation award at the Innovation Arena.


    Phyllis McGovern from Co Waterford has been crowned winner of the Aldi brown bread making competition.


    Grassmen will soon be raffling off a restored Fiat 110 90 vintage tractor, in aid of the Make A Wish foundation. To date, €300,000 has been raised for the charity by Grassmen.


    The National Ploughing Association and Fieldays, the New Zealand equivalent of the Ploughing with 1,400 exhibitors and 130,000 visitors this year, have signed a memorandum of understanding. NPA managing director Anna May McHugh and Fieldays chief executive Peter Nation told us they would exchange ideas on how they run the largest agri events in the northern and Southern Hemispheres respectively. They will also build on the trade and innovation ties established by Enterprise Ireland and the NZ Trade Commission, who have exhibited at both events.

    "We're putting together small cities every year and it has its challenges," said Peter. "We can gain and learn from each other, added Anna May who said she had fond memories of the World Ploughing Championships in NZ in 1980. Is she going to Fieldays next June? "I will if I'm let!"


    And the winner is.......


    The Health and Safety Authority are demonstrating a series of demos using a variety of machinery and mannequins, to highlight the possible dangers on farms.



    Each year ESB Networks invites students across all agricultural colleges write an article on electrical safety on farms. Pictured below being presented with his award by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed TD (centre) at the National Ploughing Championships is Clonmel native Padraig Keating, a student at University College Dublin. Also pictured (left) is Aoife Osbourne, FBD lecturer in Farm Health and Safety at School of Agriculture and Food Science, along with Gerry Mooney (second from right) and Senan Colleran (right), senior managers at ESB Networks.


    Bit of commotion with ambulances and gardai near the dome, someone seems to have become seriously ill.


    Competition is in full swing in the ploughing fields.


    Something different at this year's Ploughing.


    Another big crowd day at the Ploughing.


    So true, Sarah.


    Neven is just such a nice fella. Really.


    Here are the latest snaps from our photographers. Browse the picture gallery above for more photos and full caption details.


    Neven Maguire's cooking demonstration as popular as ever on the Irish Farmers Journal stand. The next ones will be at 1pm and 3pm.


    Teagasc is launching a new “Farm and Household Cash Planning Book” at the Ploughing today. The workbook is divided into two sections, one for the farm and the other for the farm household. Teagasc Financial Specialist James McDonnell said: “If this workbook is completed methodically at the end of each month, by the end of the year, there will be an enormous volume of information collected on the farm and household habits. This information can be used to complete a Teagasc eProfit Monitor to analyse the economic efficiency of the business. The household data can then be used to make more informed choices with regard to future spending.”

    The workbook is available to download here.


    Olympic medallists Gary and Paul O'Donovan are in the house!


    We were at the ceremony where Miriam O'Callaghan presented calves to the five schools selected to take part in the Irish Angus rearing competition. Well done to all and the best of luck bringing them too slaughter next year! Get all the details here.


    Footwear advice: it's a bit mucky.


    The sheepdog trials are under way.


    Oooh we're at risk of a farmers' protest here.


    There's plenty of farm safety advice available at the Ploughing. The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) is running constant demonstrations on its stand and we have the details of their seven tips to use your chainsaw safely.

    On Tuesday, the HSA launched its tractor windscreen disc printed with the six steps to remember to avoid accidents after stopping the vehicle.

    Yesterday, Macra na Feirme introduced its ‘Safe Agri Skills’ training programme, made up of short modules covering all the basics and the major causes of accidents in agriculture. These include tractor safety, livestock handling, manual handling, first aid and health for farming as well as optional extras like chainsaw use and ATV/quad bike safety.

    And the ESB Networks/Irish Farmers Journal competition is still running on the ESB Networks stand, with children and teenagers invited to spot the dangers on the model farm on display and be in with a chance to win family breaks and scale models.


    Traffic update: things appear to be running smoothly. AA Roadwatch is reporting that it's improving now on the Clara-Tullamore Rd (R420) at Coolnahiley towards the Ploughing.


    Time to flock to the Irish Farmers Journal stand for our first livestock demonstration of the day. Fid out more about the animals and the advice on display at


    Lovely profile of National Ploughing Association managing director Anna May McHugh from the RTÉ archives at Ploughing 1995. Featuring Mairead McGuinness, Ivan Yates and our very own Michale Moroney!


    The Dealer hasn't had his morning coffee yet.


    We're launching the second edition of our "Bin Your Bills" competition at the Ploughing! Don't miss the next print issues of the Irish Farmers Journal to enter and be in with a chance to win a John Deere tractor, Mitsubishi Pajero and your other farming costs covered for a year. More details here.


    Yesterday was the most political and wettest day of Ploughing 2016 so far. Read more about Wednesday's action here and watch our video below:


    Welcome to day three of Ploughing 2016. It's a beautiful morning in Tullamore, with bright sunshine and large crowds thronging the site well before the official 9am opening.

    The weather forecasat is for a mixed day of sunny spells and some showers, but the heavier rain is not expected to reach Co Offaly until later in the day, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the show.

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