Three time show hosts steeped in Ploughing
Published 20/09/2011 | 05:00
For the third year in a row, the Fennin family will host the National Ploughing Championships at Cardenton, close to Athy, Co Kildare.
The family is steeped in the Ploughing, with the exhibition area and ploughing sites located between the original family farmhouse owned by Willie and Bridie Fennin and the home of their son Eamon and his wife Therese.
Meanwhile, Eamon's sister Mary manages the family-owned Clanard Court Hotel, which will be the National Ploughing Championships headquarters for competitors, exhibitors and National Ploughing Association (NPA) staff throughout this week.
The Fennins own around half of the 700ac that will be used for the Ploughing Championships, while their neighbours, including Jim Fox, own the rest of the land used for parking.
Tillage farmer Eamon has become accustomed to the hectic planning and construction timetable that come with being a host farmer and has adjusted his crop rotation to suit.
Spring oilseed rape was harvested off his 350ac farm last week, bringing to a close a busy harvest that included malting barley, winter wheat and peas.
He has switched away from winter oilseed rape and winter barley in recent years to accommodate the NPA.
However, crop choices are not the only changes that have occurred on the Fennin farm since it became the host farm three years ago -- Eamon and his wife Therese have a new baby girl since last year's event.