Plowing tips to give at the local training day

Gavin Robertson, Barrock, one of those who plowed the day, with his Ford and Kverneland two-furrow reversible plow at a local game in 2019.

The Scottish Plowing Championships are holding a Plowing Training Day on Sunday 16th January at Wester Olrig Farm, Castletown, courtesy of A and A Gunn.

Anyone interested in participating can just go for the day – no reservations are required and there is no need to bring a tractor or plow. Kick-off is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and will last until 3 p.m.

Demonstrations of various plowing styles will be given by William Campbell (Conventional World Style); James Mackay (vintage mounted); Willie Mackay (Classic Conventional); Johnny Matheson, (old vintage); Gavin Robertson (two-groove reversible, square): and William Ronaldson (multi-groove reversible).

Scottish Plowing Championships secretary Jane McDowall explained that the day was more about technique and participants would complete half-plots.

She said there would be plenty of stops and starts for the experts to give tips and tricks.

Andrew Mitchell, senior, James Tait and John Walker will help with reversible techniques, while Willie Grieve, Alistair Brown and Gordon Rae will assist with conventional tillage.

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

Ms McDowall said: “We’re hoping for a good turnout, but it all depends on the weather.”

Those intending to attend should keep an eye on the Scottish Plowing Championships Facebook page for updates in the event of any changes due to Covid restrictions.

The £5 payment will be taken on the day and all money will go to the Scottish Plowing Junior Development Scheme. A caterer will be on site

Caithness was chosen to host the practice day as the county will be the venue for the 58th Scottish Plowing Championships later in the year.

The competition, last held in Caithness in 2013, is due to take place at Stanstill Farm, courtesy of Mr and Mrs M Milne, on October 22-23.

This event will also see the hosting of the Five Nations Plowing Challenge.

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