Farm Ireland

Saturday 24 February 2018

Combines for Charity beat conditions to regain record

Darragh McCullough

Darragh McCullough

With more than €30m worth of combines in the one field, FBD had insisted that there were over 30 slurry tankers full of water on hand to cope with the possibility of any of the machines going on fire.

On the day, it was mud more than fires that organisers, Combines-4-Charity, had to battle in their attempt to regain the world record for the largest number of combines working simultaneously in one field.

Despite intermittent downpours, a crowd of up to 5,000 people gathered to see 211 combines from every province assemble in a 140ac field at Platin just outside Drogheda at the weekend.

They expected to see history in the making and they certainly weren't disappointed.

However, it was a close-run thing, with the organisers beating the record by just eight combines on the day.

Some 211 combines were assembled in the 140ac field by 3.30pm on Saturday.

But it was over an hour before they got going as organisers scrambled to gather up every available combine in the locality.

They knew that some of the 200-plus combines assembled were bound to struggle with the damp conditions in the crop due to the showers throughout the day.

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The rules governing the event stipulated that all the machines were required to be harvesting simultaneously for five minutes.

In the end, three combines were ruled out of the final count due to harvesting difficulties.

The final tally of working machines was 208, which was a new best and is now destined for the Guinness Book of World Records.

Combines-4-Charity chairman and local grain grower, Micky Lawlor, said that he was relieved and delighted with the result and paid tribute to all the farmers and volunteers who had helped make the event possible.

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