|Ploughing Match at Torr Farm|
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There were two horse teams in the match.
Auchencairn's own Jimmy Wilson from Screel was there with his two magnificent Clydesdales. Jimmy kindly took time to explain (I hope I've got it right) how by using his 'general purpose' plough he started his ploughing by 'forming the crown' (several furrows with tops that set the height for the rest of the run of work). Altogether the judges would be looking for the top level across the ploughed area to be level, uniformity in their form and good covering (hiding all the grassy bits that have been turned over thus exposing just good planting soil).
Jimmy has also got a plough made as locally as possible by Harkness of Ruthwell (Dumfries) who in their day were famous in blacksmith circles for their creations and their ploughs are much sought after today.
Jimmy's rival for the day was his good friend David Broll from Twynholm with his two Percheron horses (French breed and much bigger than Clydesdales) called Harris and Lewis.
In the vintage tractor class was Joe McQueen from Dalry (St.John's Town of) on his 1957 Fergusson 35. This was a tiny machine compared to the modern beasties but a real reliable workhorse. Joe has had the machine a few years and like most of the enthusiasts has done much restoration work himself. His task had the same requirements as that of the horse section.
Now Joe had travelled a fair distance from Dalry but that was nothing compared to Robert Irving who set off on Thursday from his home in Cornwall. Robert is an ex-Auchencairn man who last ploughed in this competition 39 years ago while living locally. He just couldn't resist coming back (the place does that to you). His ploughing style reflected English ways with the distinctive 'high point' furrows. The points are forms 4inches above the furrow so that when the seed is placed in the bottom and a harrow pulled across the tops, the first two inches of soil drop into the furrow leaving the seeds with a two inch covering of soil and a nicely finished level field.
Now we come to the winners and the prizegiving that was conducted by Lee Paton from Old Torr.
PS - Sorry about the indistinct photographs but I don't own an underwater camera (yet).