Potato diggers go back to horse power

ON HAND: Young Zach Maxwell helps to gather the potatoes at Bobbie Fee’s farm.

THEY turned back the clock at the farm of Bobbie Fee at Moneyslane, near Katesbridge, last Saturday afternoon and there to capture the occasion was cameraman Billy Maxwell from Katesbridge.

IN ACTION: Digging potatoes the old way as Mervyn Ward, seen here, gets his horses into the drill to harvest this crop on Bobbie Fee’s farm last Saturday in the way that was common in the 1940s and 1950s.

It’s been a long time since we saw two horses on a potato digger that dates back to the 1920s, but the digger belonging to Bobbie Fee was in immaculate condition after all those years.

ALL SET: It’s not often we see actual horse power harvesting potatoes these days. Pictured from left at Bobbie Fee’s farm at Moneyslane near Katesbridge, are Mervyn Ward with wife Liz and Lewis Orr getting ready to go in the drills.

When the horses belonging to Mervyn and Liz Ward got hooked up to the digger it brought back memories as this was how it was done by the farming community in bygone years. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, only a few mem-bers of the public were in attendance.


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