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Ploughing tips to be given at local training day


By Jean Gunn

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Gavin Robertson, Barrock, one of those doing the ploughing on the day, with his Ford and two-furrow Kverneland reversible plough at a local match in 2019.
Gavin Robertson, Barrock, one of those doing the ploughing on the day, with his Ford and two-furrow Kverneland reversible plough at a local match in 2019.

Wester Olrig, Castletown, is to be the venue of a ploughing training day being organised this month by the Scottish Ploughing Championships.

No booking is required for the event which is being held at the local farm, by kind permission of A and A Gunn, on Sunday, January 16, from 9.30am to 3pm. Those interested in taking part just need to go along on the day and are requested not to take their own tractors and ploughs.

Doing the ploughing will be William Campbell, conventional world style, James Mackay, vintage mounted, Willie Mackay, classic conventional, Johnny Matheson, vintage trailing, Gavin Robertson, two-furrow reversible (square) and William Ronaldson, multi-furrow reversible.

Scottish Ploughing Championships secretary Jane McDowall explained that the day was more about technique and those doing the ploughing would just be completing half plots.

She stated that there would be a lot of stopping and starting as advice and tips are given by the experts. Helping out with the reversible techniques will be Andrew Mitchell, senior, James Tait and John Walker, while giving help with the conventional ploughing will be Willie Grieve, Alistair Brown and Gordon Rae.

Guidance will also be given on judging as well as the points system used by Scottish ploughing.

Jane said: "We are hoping for a good attendance, but that all depends on the weather – we hope to go ahead." She advised that those intending on going should keep an eye on the Scottish Ploughing Championships Facebook page for updates in case any changes are made due to Covid restrictions.

Payment of £5 will be taken on the day with all money going towards the Scottish Ploughing Junior Development Programme. A caterer will be on site.

The training day is being staged in Caithness as the county is to be the venue of the 58th Scottish Ploughing Championships later in the year. The competition, last held in Caithness in 2013, is scheduled to go ahead at Stanstill Farm, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs M Milne, on October 22-23.

This event will also see the hosting of the five nations ploughing challenge.


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