Horses and old tractors will prove pulling power

Ploughing back the years
Ploughing back the years

Horse-drawn ploughs and tractors from a bygone age will be put through their paces in Kinross-shire this weekend.

Newland Farm and Pittendreich Farm, Wester Balgedie, are to host to the Scottish Ploughing Championships tomorrow and Sunday.

Ploughmen from all over Scotland and further afield will be competing to show off their skills in different styles.

The big event, nestling below the Bishop Hill with superb views over Loch Leven, will cover 250 acres.

Reflecting the heritage of Scotland’s arable sector, a variety of classes will include everything from beautiful Clydesdale-pulled ploughs to modern, multi-furrow machinery.

Nearly 200 competitors from all over the UK will take part over the weekend, with ploughing taking place from 9.30 each day.

The first Scottish championships were held in Tibbermore, Perthshire, in 1963, with champions going on to represent their country all over the world.

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

The weekend will also see present-day tractors and ploughs taking part in the trade demonstration plots, while others will be on show on the many trade stands.

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.

The venue can be found at Wester Balgedie KY13 9SL.