Listooder match marks 130 years of ploughing

n Listooder Chairman Martin Gill (right), making preparations for the ploughing match. Included are Richard Gill (left), Wilfred Gill and Ray Gill.

LISTOODER Ploughing Society celebrates another milestone with its 130th annual ploughing match, taking place this Saturday (February 15) near Seaforde. Competitors of all ages, in tractors of all makes, will descend to Seaforde village to compete to be “Champion of the Field”.

Society Chairman Martin Gill said “Listooder are delighted to be holding our annual ploughing match in Seaforde and are grateful to Noel Kane of Pointview Farm for providing the land for the competition.

We have a great entry list, including World Champions, European Champions and competitors who are teenagers to experienced competitors over 70 years of age.

“Ploughing is one of the oldest forms of agriculture and the aim of our Society is to celebrate the importance of ploughing in agriculture but also to provide a competition to see who can plough their plot to the highest standard. Thank you to everyone who contributes to the success of our match, especially our sponsors, who without their support our match would not be possible.”

Classes include World Style, Young Farmers, Vintage and a highlight of the event will be to enjoy the beautiful sight of horses ploughing.

It has been another hugely successful year for Listooder Ploughing Society. Last year Society President Dai Kennedy won a Bronze medal at the European Vintage Ploughing Contest in Scotland. At the World Ploughing Contest in USA last year, Society Assistant Secretary Andrew Gill won a Bronze medal and will travel to Russia later this year to represent Northern Ireland at this year’s World Contest.

Ploughing is due to commence at 11am on Saturday. Directions will be sign-posted from the village to the site on the Drumgooland Road.

More information and photos are available on Listooder Ploughing Society’s Facebook page.


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