Farmers and contractors on hunt for machinery won't be disappointed at Ploughing 2013 as big brands prepare to exhibit their latest hardware
Heavy metal fever set to strike Laois
Farmers and contractors on the hunt for machinery at the 2013 National Ploughing Championships will not be disappointed.
This year, David Carter and his family are the main landowners but as usual many neighbouring farmers are providing ploughing and parking ground to meet the requirement for 700ac for this giant event.
The central Laois location just off the N80 and M7 is expected to draw an even bigger attendance than 2012's figure of 187,000.
All eyes will be on the traffic plan to see if the chaos of New Ross last year, particularly on day one, can be avoided.
The economic impact of the 2013 National Ploughing Championships is expected to be close to €40m, with machinery purchases (both at the event and through follow-up sales) playing a big part in that figure. Tractors, as always, are a huge attraction for farmers.
Some of the brands to choose from next week will include New Holland, Massey Ferguson, Valtra, Landini, McCormick, Case IH, Deutz-Fahr, JCB, Shire, Claas, Manitou, Zetor, Tumosan and Kubota.
Over the three days of the event many exhibitors will take the opportunity to launch new equipment.
The event attracts much attention from the visiting public so it's a good idea to plan your time at Ploughing and make a note of the stand locations you want to see.