Mad for grass crew bid for world silage record
An army of charitable farmers are aiming to harvest 100 acres of grass in 10 minutes as part of a world record attempt in Meath this weekend.
The 'Mad for Grass' event, organised by Combines 4 Charity Ltd, will see a large troop of self propelled, state-of-the-art foragers arrive onto O'Sullivan's family farm near Kiltale GAA club on Saturday.
Thousands of national and international spectators are expected to turn out to show their support for the grass extravaganza originally set up by a small group of cereal farmers in 2009.
Combines 4 Charity has already claimed two very impressive Guinness World Record titles in 2009 and 2012, when they had 208 combines working in the same field.
The voluntary event, sponsored by FBD, has raised more than €400,000 for chosen charities since it first started in The Royal County, including independent children's charity Barnardos.
Speaking at the launch night recently, committee chairman, Joe O'Donoghue, gave a brief overview on the scale of the exciting challenge ahead.
"This attempt of one hundred self propelled harvesters lifting one hundred acres of grass in ten minutes is very unique in the fact that it has never been attempted anywhere in the world before and it is now attracting attention from various countries abroad.
"There have been a number of men from Germany contacting ourselves in the last week about the event and they have now booked accommodation nearby," he said.