Farm Ireland

Saturday 24 February 2018

Combines 4 Charity drive on with plan to run not-for-profit holding

The Combines 4 Charity organisation that was established during last year's world record attempt is at it again.

The 12 farmers behind the outfit have already raised more than €300,000 for Barnardos, Gary Kelly Cancer Support, Self Help Africa and the National Rehabilitation Trust.

Their latest move has been to lease a 100ac farm in Co Meath that they plan to farm on a voluntary basis.

Any profits from the farm will be donated to the charity.

The farm will double up as an open farm for children.

The world record spectacular that saw 175 combines working simultaneously in east Meath last year was broken last month when more than 200 combines turned out in Manitoba, Canada.

However, Combines 4 Charity organisers are not rushing to set another record. "We'll let others have a go first," said Kildalkey grain farmer Tony Brady. "I'm confident that we could get 300 machines in the one field if we wanted to."

The Irish record attempt came close to disaster when heavy rain the night before threatened to scupper the entire event. However, Mr Brady said the group will be better prepared the next time.

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"The first thing we need to organise is that a crop of winter barley is sown for the event. That way we'll have a better weather window to get in to harvest the crop."

In the meantime, Combines 4 Charity is organising a monster raffle with prizes including a John Deere tractor, jeep and car. Tickets are €50 each and are available at

Irish Independent