The NZ Ploughing Championships began today in Southland. About 40 ploughmen are aiming for the straightest of furrows over the next few days. Mark Dillon has spent nearly four years preparing paddocks on his Riversdale sheep, beef and cropping farm, to ensure they are level, consistent and just right – so they can be churned up again. He and his club, the Waimea Plains Ploughing Association, are hosting this year’s New Zealand Ploughing Championships on his farm. The competitors, have qualified at the reversible, conventional, vintage and horse competitions throughout the country, and used today and tomorrow for practice. Following the traditional church service to rededicate the trophies at the Riversdale Community Centre on Friday plots will be drawn and the competition will get underway. This year’s winners will represent New Zealand in Russia in 2022, Covid permitting.
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