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(11/6/2013 10:38:54 AM)
RE:Massey plows (ploughs)
My take on competion plowing is this:- It's an art. In my mine it's the same as hedge laying, dry stone walling and all the other country crafts.
I think it's nice to preserve these skills for future generations to be able to see how things were done in the past. We all like our vintage tractors but I doubt if many of us would want to farm with them nowadays but we preserve them.
I agree in the vintage mounted class the plows have been heaverly modified and bear little relsemblance to the machine that left the factory but the vintage mounted unmodified class it is what it says. The plow has to be as it left the factory. The only accessories is what was available at the time of manufacture.
As far as I am aware the only time that you can have a helper is to help you put up your poles for marking out. As for gardening if the judge is on the look out he will deduct points.
As to the time it takes to plow a plot,Up to four hours. No this wouldn't be acceptable commercially but plowing competions are not comercial events. They are country pastimes that some of us enjoy and I am sure a lot of people don't.
When it comes to comercial plowing a lot of acres have to be plowed in a day but again it shouldn't be just a matter of "blacking the land". The modern plowman should be doing the best job that he can to bury the trash and leave a nice level seedbed.
Lovely photos Malcolm. Although I plow with a mounted plow I think the trailed turn outs look the best..
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