A number of big players from the agriculture industry will not be exhibiting at Ploughing 2022, the country’s largest outdoor event.

The Charolais, Limousin, Simmental, Hereford and Belgian Blue breed societies, the National Dairy Council and a number of the large AI stations will not be in attendance. Manufacturers of Same Deutz-Fahr, JCB, Valtra, Farmec, HiSpec and Massey Ferguson will not be attending this year, citing costs and availability of stock.

The Irish Farmers Journal understands that marquee costs for events have increased by 25% to 40% on 2019 levels, with supply, fuel and labour the main factors influencing the increase in costs.

Anna Marie McHugh of the NPA confirmed that over 80% of the 2019 outdoor exhibition space has been booked for 2022.