Over 250,000 visitors are expected at this year’s National Ploughing Championships which will get underway in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow tomorrow (Tuesday, September 17th).
There is a "serious international appeal" with exhibitors, global buyers and visitors travelling from countries including Turkey, the USA, UK, Uganda, Germany, India, Poland, Ghana, Belgium, New Zealand, France, Saudi Arabia, Lativa and the Netherlands to Europe’s largest outdoor event.
There will be millions of euro worth of agricultural and plant machinery on display featuring an extensive range of cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment, with the opportunity to see these in action in the machinery demonstration area.
Leading manufacturers and agents will be present with specialist sales advisors and technical experts available for free consultations.
Visitors can take the opportunity to admire quality livestock on display and learn about livestock management, genetics, nutrition and healthcare. This year will see the introduction of a new ‘Agritech’ pavilion which will include fascinating interactive demonstrations.
Green is indeed very much the theme of the day as sustainability is key at this year’s Championships with zero percent of the event’s waste going to landfill.
The NPA, in partnership with Carlow County Council, the Southern Regional Waste Management Office and AES have agreed a segregated waste collection for the ‘Ploughing’.
Visitors will be presented with a three-bin system including; food waste (which will be converted into electricity by an anaerobic digester), mixed dry recyclables and general waste.
There is no doubt that the entrepreneurial spark is alive and well in Ireland with an unprecedented number of diverse and exciting businesses, exhibiting at the “Local Enterprise Village” at this year’s Ploughing Championships.
The popular Innovation Arena is set to make a very welcome return with ground-breaking technologies and cutting-edge ideas that “will amaze”, according to organisers.
Given the immense popularity of the food and lifestyle villages, the huge ‘Dome’ marquee with over 100 exhibitors is set to return and to meet demand a new similar indoor ‘Hub’ marquee has been created.
The ‘Ploughing’ is a haven for foodies, as all sectors of the food chain are represented from producer to retailer, artisan foods, craft beers, celebrity chefs, cookery competitions and much more.
In the ploughing stakes, a particularly strong programme has attracted entries from all around the country and Northern Ireland bringing the number preparing to plough in Carlow to over 300 for the 3 days.
This year the introduction of the new ‘novice’ reversible class will attract more young people into the competition.
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