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johnfarnworth - (11/3/2013 1:06:16 PM)
RE:Massey plows (ploughs)
Can I just throw my opinions in the ring about these plouging matches and risk a lot of wrath!!

For what it's worth I find these ploughing matches a total bore and irrelevance.  A few weeks ago I went down to the Welsh National because it is was quite near me but was leaving after about two hours.  Don't get me wrong - it was a great site and well organised but oh the boredom of it.  The fact is that these matches bear no reality to real life down on the farm where the essence is to get the maximum amount of work done in the minimum amount of time.  It makes me almost scream when I see the ploughman jumping off their tractors to walk back and bury a bit of trash or push over a bit of stubborn furrow.  And they can have assistants to help.  And they seem to have endless hours to complete a small area of land.

I would like to see a new type of ploughing match where everything was against the clock, no jumping off tractors to bury unburied trash annd certainly no assistants.  Maybe two classes - one for broken furrows and one for whole furrows to reflect the times required for these two types of work.

I love watching the horse ploughing but here again things seem to have departed from their farming origins.  Often we see the ploughman, another guiding the horses and often yet a third assisting.  An old horse ploughman would have been on his own.  Let's get back to that.

Another gripe I have is the so called vintage tractor ploughing which more often than not comprises a classic tractor pulling a trailer plough!  Let vintage ploughs be pulled by vintage tractors.  And where we have classic tractors let us insist that each tractor should pull a plough made by the tractor maker unless they did not make such an implement.  A move towards this over here has been the advent of pure Ferguson ploughing sections.

And perhaps we could insist that all ploughs be totally original?  By all means tho' let there be classes for those who wish to attach every conceivable gadget to their plough - just in general let there be a move back to originality and farm style ploughing.

I could go on but maybe I have ignited a fuse................