A group of farmers from the Cavan and Monaghan regions are to take part in the first ever All Ireland Baling Challenge. The challenge takes place on May 29th until June 3rd and will see the crew cover 1,220kms and make over 100 bales in each of Ireland’s 32 counties.
The aim of the challenge is to raise €10 per bale to reach a goal of €1,000 per county. All poroceeds of the event will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charity at Our Lady’s Childrens hospital in Crumlin, and Daisy Lodge in Co. Down. Daisy lodge is a therapeutic centre for families affected by cancer.
The same four tractors will be used by all the drivers, which includes two female drivers, and a combination baler will be used to finish the bales.
Local farmers and Farm Contractor Ireland members are working together in each county to ensure the challenges success.
Day one will see the team bale in Derry, Monaghan, Cavan, Antrim, Armagh and Down. Day two the team, will travel and bale in Meath, Dublin, Carlow, Laois, Kildare, Wicklow, and Louth. On Day three they travel to and through Limerick, Tipperary, Wexford, Kilkenny, and Waterford. On day four they will make their way to Cork, then Kerry, Clare, and Galway. Day five they will bale in Offaly, Mayo, Roscommon, Longford and Westmeath. While finally on day six they will finish up in Sligo, Leitrim, Tyrone, Fermanagh and last but not least Donegal.
The challenge will be filmed by Agri-entertainment produces Grassmen and machines for the challenge will be sourced from Active Agri Association.
Organiser, and driver, Floyd McNeil says it will be a "unique" journey.
It has been described by its organiser, Floyd McNeil, as unique. He said "It's something that has never been done before. The idea is to do every county with the same four balers around the whole of Ireland. He emphasised the importance of the run and how it will help its charities, he added "It will be a challenge and that is important because it will raise more awareness for the two charities. A challenge isn't a challenge unless it's tough,”.
"Roughly speaking we intend to be an hour baling in each field and we anticipate about an hour travel between each county so we're talking 12 hour days," he said.
Donation buckets will also be available in each field along the way. The crew in total, consisting of 18 altogether, are looking to the public for help in their search for accommodation in the Ballymena, Carlow, Galway and Sligo areas.
For more information on the '32 County Bale Challenge' please visit it’s Facebook page.