Good outlook for Ploughing
The weather forecast for the next three days is as good as anyone could have hoped for.
According to Met Eireann we're going to have "very good underfoot conditions for the Ploughing Championship, and dry weather for most of the time with good temperatures."
The good summer weather has certainly eased farmer frustrations this year and it will be no different at the Ploughing.
Good weather at the Ploughing is invariably reflected in a more convivial mood among visitors to the event and that should be case over the coming days.
However, there are plenty of issues for discussion this year, particularly those relating to CAP reform and the IFA presidential race. As per usual, the Budget will corner quiet a bit of debate as well.
In Brussels yesterday, Minister Coveney maintained that farming had been spared much of the Budgetary-related hardship inflicted on other sectors over the last few years.
The claim drew an immediate response from the IFA. Association president John Bryan pointed out that the proportionate spend on agriculture since 2004 had fallen by 25pc, or from 3.04pc of the total national budget in 2004 to 2.26pc in 2013.