Carter family 'excited' to be hosts for 2013 championships
Laois farm ready to welcome Ploughing
The Carter family have the honour of hosting the 2013 Ploughing Championships on their beef and cereal farm at Ratheniska, near Stradbally, Co Laois.
They have been resident in the community since David Carter bought the 125ac farm there many decades ago.
Ever since, it has been run as a beef and cereal farm with a focus on barley, winter wheat and oilseed rape.
David's 27-year-old son Clive also works full-time on the holding. However, their decision to host the Ploughing Champiohships left the Carters with a lot less to do this year.
"I was just getting the plough ready to start planting some autumn-sown crops when we got the call," remembers David.
A neighbouring farmer, who is heavily involved with the Laois ploughing association, enquired shortly after last year's event as to whether the Carters would be interested in staging the event.
Discussions progressed for a number of weeks, during which the farm received visits from various NPA representatives, before a decision was made.
Immediately, the whole farm was laid down to grass-seed that was min-tilled into cereal stubbles.