Northern Ireland and Scotland gained three of the six winning slots for conventional and reversible ploughing in the 57th World Ploughing Championship at Methven, New Zealand, last weekend.
Thomas Cochrane, from Northern Ireland, came second in the reversible ploughing category with his Case tractor and Kverneland plough combination. He was beaten by Frenchman Fabien Landre with his Fendt and Kverneland combination, but beat New Zealand’s Paul Henson with his Case IH and Kverneland plough.
New Zealander Bruce Redmond was the winner in the conventional ploughing category, with Andrew Mitchell from Scotland second, and Samuel Gill from Northern Ireland third.
Mr Redmond was using a Ford and Kverneland combination, while Mr Mitchell had a Ford and Dowdeswell set-up. Mr Gill had a Ford and Kverneland combination.
• Photograph by Carrie Bond
• Next year’s World Ploughing Championships take place on 13 and 14 May 2011 in Lindevad, Sweden.
• This year’s British National Ploughing Championships take place on 9 and 10 October at Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln. For more details, see www.ploughmen.co.uk