Ploughing skills demonstrated at Heyshott

Jay Tester plows a straight furrow on his trusty 1941 Ford &Son tractor.'  ''C121264-2 Mid Ploughing  Photo Louise Adams
Jay Tester plows a straight furrow on his trusty 1941 Ford &Son tractor.' ''C121264-2 Mid Ploughing Photo Louise Adams

Ploughmen showcased their impressive skills and methods at this year’s Petworth and District Agricultural Association’s autumn ploughing match.

The annual match, which took place this year at Manor Farm, Heyshott saw 50 ploughmen competing across seven very diverse classes.

William Tupper, from Bignor Farms, said: “The setting was spectacular, nestled in the foot of the South Downs.

“Ploughmen were greeted by glorious sunshine and good ploughing conditions, a welcome relief following a wet summer and challenging harvest.

“The seven classes ranged from vintage tractors and trailer ploughs to giant modern tractors with the latest commercial ploughs.

“As with the on-farm competitions held throughout the year, judging was conducted by representatives of the West Grinstead and District Ploughing and Agricultural Society who had their work cut out to separate some excellent work from a number of different ploughmen.”

Other competitions were also held on the day including Specimen Bale of Hay and Corn in Sacks classes. Winners came from across the area of the association mirroring the spread of winners in the growing crop competitions earlier in the year.

Full story and results in the Midhurst and Petworth Observer September 27