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Combine-d effort nabs world record

MOST HARVESTERS WORKING ON PIECE OF LAND

HUBERT MURPHY

Published 01/08/2012 | 10:05

IRISH FARMERS combined to create another world record for the village of Duleek on Saturday.

Two-hundred-and-eight combine harvesters steamed away with a new Guinness Book of Records title for the most harvesters working in tandem on the same parcel of land.

Combines 4 Charity first came together in 2009 and set a world record that summer when they assembled 175 working harvesters for a spectacle that attracted close to 20,000 spectators to Curran's field at Platin.

But in August 2010, 204 combines arrived in Winkler, Canada aiming to beat the record. They had 200 pre-assigned slots and duly completed the course, claiming the crown.

The local group set out to reclaim the title and had organised their original attempt two weeks ago but a slow crop of 150 acres of winter wheat meant they had to put off their challenge until last weekend.

In the region of 211 combines arrived from every corner of Ireland, and 208 kept a tidy line to win back the record.

To claim the record all the combines needed to harvest simultaneously for at least five minutes.

Prior to the 2009 success of the Irish combines group, the record was 56, set in Australia nine years ago.

The whole thing was for charity and the combines arrived in from Donegal to Cork and nearly every county in between. Some organisers reported that they passed combines working away on their own lands before setting off for the world assault.

Preparations kicked in on Friday with the area sealed off and by Saturday morning a team of volunteers began directing the combines, some valued at close to €400,000, into place for their combined effort which took place just after 5pm.

Thousands turned out to watch the spectacle and a lot of the entries organised their own sponsorship too.

'It was a great day and we had combines there from Cork, Donegal, Antrim, Down and all over this region. It was a great day for tillage farmers,' said a spokesman.

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