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Ploughing championships 2023

  • 13-09-2023 8:22am
    Registered Users Posts: 830 ✭✭✭

    Dont see any other thread on this title.

    Are many people going this year? Kids are on to me to go but trying to put them off. Went last year and wasnt impressed. Looked at the list of exhibitors this year and note that again there are no tractors on display - Massey, New Holland etc. Is this down to the companies having it that good and not needing to put on a show or is it down to the championships charging too much?



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,342 ✭✭✭hopeso

    The ploughing has changed a lot over the years, to the extent that there's very little of interest left at it now for the farmer. There are certainly better events on the calendar that showcase livestock and machinery.

    While Massey, New Holland etc. are not attending, their tractors will probably be displayed by a local dealer on a smaller scale to the stands that were commonplace years ago.

  • Registered Users Posts: 910 ✭✭✭minerleague

    I think years ago deals were done at the ploughing (good discounts) but last few years they seem only to give local dealers phone no. and tell you to deal with them afterwards

  • Registered Users Posts: 402 ✭✭E mac

    Not going this year but I’ve never been offered passes as much by reps/dealers …anyone else noticed this?

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,240 ✭✭✭herdquitter

    I see a couple of companies listed that sell compact tractors so I'm going down for a look the first day if the weather isn't forecast bad.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,695 ✭✭✭Suckler

    There used to be serious demonstrations on as well; been years since I've seen anything significant.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,117 ✭✭✭✭Say my name

    I was at a Montbeliarde open day recently. There was about eight stands there from cubicle bedders to tractor and loader, to cow identification, to ai stand, to mineral and fertiliser stand. The stands had their genuine customers there from all corners of Ireland. I'd say the stand holders had little to no outlay bar maybe sponsoring the association.

    I got my few pens.😅

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,660 ✭✭✭alps

    You could go to meet the Minister.

  • Registered Users Posts: 443 ✭✭rs8

    Not going after last year... full of kids and stalls selling stuff for kids. Plus the fact of the extra €5 if your paying cash. Never see anything like years ago with the "dancing diggers" etc... they were shows.

    Was talking to a family member of a ex dealership in the Midlands and he was telling me he stood at the massey ploughing stand for 20 years (as a sales man) and no man ever walked off the grid and bought a tractor off them ... often started deals or closed them he said but they never got a fresh buyer in and sold a tractor on same day. Taught that was mad.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,695 ✭✭✭Suckler

    I've a crush and head gate in need of an upgrade so I'm hoping to get a few ideas and do a bit of a deal.

  • Registered Users Posts: 723 ✭✭✭6480

    Go on and u might see something better

  • Registered Users Posts: 744 ✭✭✭Aravo

    Not going, Tbh have not been in a number of years. Tullamore show for me beats the ploughing. Look forward to Tullamore show every year.

  • Registered Users Posts: 29 international xl

    Went last year but it,s gone down hill it was some thing special now it,s sub ordinary,it was full of goverment tents and food stalls thats life one can only stay on top for so long.

  • Registered Users Posts: 28,940 ✭✭✭✭freshpopcorn

    I haven't been in a few years. Will most stalls accept card or should I bring a bit of cash?

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,856 ✭✭✭✭road_high

    Not too bothered. Used to always go. It’s gone downhill a lot. I detest the hordes of drunken teens, very little you wouldn’t seen on any company website or go to a dealer/merchant/store. All the special displays like the Land Rovers or Husqvarna chainsaws seem to be long gone. The political/media aspect to it also makes me want to vomit. It’s become a gouging event

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,258 ✭✭✭✭_Brian

    Had thought of Tullamore show this year but was out of the country, have tickets bought for Wednesday.

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,856 ✭✭✭✭road_high

    Yes you literally get nothing for your now €30- an opportunity to be stuck in crowds with the privilege of companies trying to sell you more stuff. Well you can do that in any modern shopping centre or retail park and it will be a lot more pleasurable. Should at least get a complimentary cup of coffee.

    Companies are questioning their marketing budgets more than ever and this event must be highly questionable for return

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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,856 ✭✭✭✭road_high

    did you used to go? Very few real farmers seem to bother- they work hard enough without added hassle for nothing. Crowd numbers will be interesting but no doubt they’ll pad that out with the schools hordes

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,810 ✭✭✭zetecescort

    "Real farmers"! That was the excuse my father used give for not going when we were young, real farmers are too busy to go. He obviously could see all we wanted was the day off school

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,771 ✭✭✭✭Bass Reeves

    You would not mind but I have two free tickets from Zurich insurance that I will give away.

    Slava Ukrainii

  • Registered Users Posts: 582 ✭✭✭TinyMuffin

    Only 10 miles away but probably won’t go.

    €30 is a bit steep.

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,856 ✭✭✭✭road_high

    €25 if you book online but then you’re tied to a day if the weather is rubbish or last minute change of plans

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,342 ✭✭✭hopeso

    It's quite obvious that they've more or less driven the farmer, and those selling to the farmer, out of the ploughing. It's now a day out for school children and city slickers. But, the day will come when they get enough of it, and flock to the next 'in' thing. What becomes of the ploughing then?

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,646 ✭✭✭Hard Knocks

    A friend used to get the same answer from his father, one day he’d enough and went. The following year his father went with him. Met the father there on the day who was in his awe and even acknowledged regret not going years prior. Sadly that’s 10 odd years ago

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,856 ✭✭✭✭road_high

    If it’s pissing rain definitely won’t be interested in going

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,856 ✭✭✭✭road_high

    I think that’s a major part in the semi permanent Stradbally site- close to Dublin and the 4 major motorways and railway lines. When I was a young lad in the 90s it was something for the townies to sneer at us in school over. Gone mainstream now and diluted what it was once

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