Monday 22 January 2018

Farmers combine to harvest world record

IF only this was an Olympic event, Ireland would have won a gold medal.

Hundreds of big-hearted farmers took time out from the battle to save their own harvest to raise tens of thousands of euro for charity and set a new world record at the weekend.

Ireland regained the world record for having the largest number of combine harvesters working simultaneously in the one field, as 208 combines harvested a 145-acre field of winter barley at Platin near Drogheda on Saturday.

The event was organised by the group Combines 4 Charity, which had set a previous record with 175 combines on the same site in 2009.

The organisers had to overcome a logistical nightmare as the event was originally scheduled for July 28 but had to be postponed for a week because of the bad weather.

"It was tough going in the damp conditions," said Ian Timmons from Kilberry, Co Meath, who was first to finish in a specially supplied John Deere combine, which is reputed to be the strongest in the world.

Irish Independent

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