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Friday 23 August 2019

Kehoe family plough a new furrow in Athy

EXHIBITING AND COMPETING AT CHAMPIONSHIPS

ELAINE FURLONG

THE WELL-KNOWN Kehoe Family will be thinking competitively both on and off the fields at this week's National Ploughing Championships in Athy as they take part in the renowned event wearing two hats - competitors and exhibitors.

Currently practising hard for the ploughing competitions at their home in Ballybrack, Foulksmills, the Kehoe's are also busy preparing to exhibit for the first time their recently launched bedding and feed products.

Interest from farmers is high in Kehoe's Kowbed, cow cubicle bedding which is a high quality dust free, chopped, wheaten straw product with added lime. It is a natural bedding using straw free from pathogens and dust, which can cause health problems in today's modern dairy and suckler cows.

Meanwhile, on the field the Kehoe dynasty will again be vying for major titles at this year's National Ploughing Championships.

Well-known as winners of the NPC for generations, this year Martin Senior along with sons Willie John and Martin Junior will all be ploughing for titles.

In 1941 Willie Kehoe won the first of his many Senior National Ploughing titles. At that time ploughing with horses, he used his expertise and began that tradition of excellence in ploughing and in farm practice.

His son Martin Kehoe, the Managing Director of Kehoe Farming Ltd, followed in his footsteps and became the World Ploughing Champion himself on three occasions.

Meanwhile, to catch a glimpse of the Kehoe's, their family life and their secret to ploughing success, tune into Nationwide tonight ( Wednesday) evening on RTE.

Elsewhere, County Wexford's finest men of the plough have been honoured at Rosegarland, the site of the World Ploughing Championships.

During a ceremony last Thursday evening, the County Wexford Ploughing Association unveiled a stone dedicated to the Wexford men who represented Ireland in the European Ploughing Championships.

Those honoured include James Walsh from Kilmuckridge, Dan Donnelly from Blackwater, John Whelan from Ballycullane, Willie Murphy from Oylegate and Michael Shannahan from Oylegate.

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