Area to reap rewards of landing big event

Competitors at the championships at Pusk Farm, Balmullo, in 2007
Competitors at the championships at Pusk Farm, Balmullo, in 2007
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Kinross-shire is to host the Scottish Ploughing Championships for the first time later this month.

The prestigious event, being held for the 52nd time, will be held at Newlands and Pittendreich Farms at Balgedie, near Milnathort.

This massive event, which will nestle below the Bishop Hill with superb views over Loch Leven, will cover 250 acres.

Nearly 200 competitors from all over the UK will take part over the weekend of October 25-26. All ages of ploughing will be judged, including one of the biggest classes ever for horse ploughing, with eight pairs entered.

Tractor ploughing for trailing, vintage and classic conventional ploughs will be joined by classic and multi-furrow reversibles while junior ploughmen will also compete. World Style ploughing will also take place, with both conventional and reversible ploughs.

Scotland has had plenty of ploughing success at international level with a current and former world reversible champions, a former world conventional champion and the current European vintage champion.

This year will also see a special demonstration competition for horticultural ploughing, using the small walk behind and ride-on tractors.

Modern tractors and ploughs will take part in the trade demonstration plots, while others will be on show on the many trade stands and stalls booked in.

There will also be displays of vintage farm machinery by the Fife Vintage Agricultural Machinery Club and the Scottish Vintage Tractor and Engine Club.

For the first time at the competition, steam ploughing will take place, with the first pair of matching ploughing engines to work in Scotland since the Murrays operated a team in Fife in the 1940s.

The Fowler BB1 engines from the Cook family at Leven will pull a six-furrow balance plough across the field using steel cables between the two engines, dating from 1918.