Darragh McCullough: IFA presidential electoral race that's still too close to call
Laois man Jer Bergin starting to claw back deputy president's early poll lead
The IFA presidential elections traditionally kick off during the week of the Ploughing Championships.
This year, it's a two-horse race between Meath's Eddie Downey and Laois's Jer Bergin.
The general consensus from around the country is that Downey has been well ahead so far due to his more extensive activity on the ground over the past 12 months.
He recently had his official campaign launch bash in Tayto Park, where he unveiled his 20-member core team, with prominent Meath dairy farmer Diarmuid Lally at the helm.
However, as the Bergin machine cranks into gear, most observers have noted that the gap has closed significantly, with possibly more momentum behind the Laois man's campaign at this point.
Downey knows that one of his main weaknesses is his geographical location in the northeast. Bergin has the advantage of a very central location in the heart of prime farming country in south Laois. For this reason he is likely to be able to tie up surrounding branches in Carlow and Kilkenny, too.
Against this core of Bergin support, Downey has worked tirelessly building up contacts and friendships in both Connacht and Munster, where he has realised that he must convince the dairying community of his ability to understand and fight their corner.
He has already leveraged his wife's connections down in Waterford, pulling high-profile economist Jim Power into the ranks of his supporters. Having Lally by his side will also help sway dairy votes.