An initiative to help train novices in the art of ploughing – and
maybe discover future competition ploughing champions – is
being supported by Landini through the loan of a new tractor.
Ken Chappell, executive director of the Society of Ploughmen, with the Landini Powerfarm 75 tractor used for the Society’s plough skills training schools.
The 68hp Landini Powerfarm 75 is being used by the Society
of Ploughmen for its Ploughing School training sessions, when past
champions share their ploughing knowledge and skills with a new
generation. The schools are put on for people who want to improve
their every-day ploughing skills, as well as those keen to do well
in ploughing competitions.
“There’s a long-standing tradition of match ploughing,
not only in Britain, but in many countries throughout the world,” explains
Ken Chappell, executive director of the Society of Ploughmen. “British
ploughmen have had tremendous success in competitions, winning
eight European and seven World championship titles in the past
10 years. But that level of achievement requires particular skills
that novices can learn and experienced ploughmen can develop through
our Ploughing Schools.”
The four-wheel drive Landini Powerfarm is a light, nimble tractor
that is easy to handle using simple controls – just what
is needed for match ploughing, Mr Chappell adds. It is easy to
jump on and off through the large doorways to check quality of
work and make adjustments, while the opening front and rear windows
make it possible to advise drivers under instruction on the move.
Adrian Winnett, Landini UK sales manager, applauds the Society’s
efforts to improve ploughing skills.
“Match ploughing is a wonderful art that demands precision,
concentration and a keen eye to produce class-winning work,” he
points out. “I’m delighted we can play a part in helping
novices acquire and polish these skills by making available one
of our popular Powerfarm tractors.”
The courses are run over two days and start with an introduction
to the implement, its working parts and maintenance. Then it is
out into the field to learn how to plough a plot to competition
standard with straight and even furrow slices laid neatly against
“The courses are very popular, attracting both men and women
and not just from farming backgrounds – past trainees include
an accountant, a school teacher and a pilot,” notes Ken Chappell. “They’ve
attended from all over the UK and one trainee even travelled from
North Carolina in the United States to attend the school.”
The Society’s Landini loan tractor is also used for ploughing
judge refresher courses and is available to help coach ploughmen
who quality to compete as part of the Society of Ploughmen’s
European and World Championship teams.
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