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National Ploughing Championships 2009

The PTAA will host a stand at the 2009 National Ploughing Championships in Cardenton, Athy, Co. Kildare from 22nd-24th September. The Association’s presence at the show gives us an opportunity to target thousands of potential members. We look forward to unveiling the Pioneer’s revamped website at this year’s event where we hope it will be seen by members of the public as a useful information tool that provides accurate information on the Pioneers.

Each year the show is a great attraction for existing PTAA members and we look forward to the 2009 event adding to this tradition.

Renowned for its machinery and livestock exhibition, the Ploughing Championships will play host to some of the biggest names in machinery. Manitou, ECI JCB, McHale and Agritechnica 2009, the World’s largest exhibition will also have a presence in the machinery section.

All the breeds are well represented this year in the Livestock exhibition with the Irish Aberdeen Angus Society, Irish Aubrac Cattle Society, Irish Blonde d’Aquitane Society, Irish Parthenaise Society and for the first time to the Ploughing, pure bred New Forest Ponies.

Everything you could possibly need in agri equipment will also be on display, from fencing products to mobile feeders and from crushes to slurry injectors. Trailers, dairy equipment, rubber matting, vitamins and minerals, cattle slats, water valves, meal bins and dairy hygiene and all the experts you need on hand to give you the information necessary to make the right decision when purchasing equipment.

Renewable energy will have a big presence with wind turbines, biomass boilers, solar hot water, log burners, waste disposal systems and the science and engineering stands which will have you totally up to speed on the latest equipment and cost saving devices on the market.

The indoor arcades always prove hugely popular with the visitors to the ploughing such is the selection of exhibits. The Strawhall Shopping and Business arcade has some very interesting stands – GAA clothing for children, handmade footwear and the Limerick Quilt Centre will have a wonderful display of their quilts.

Your health will be in good hands with Hibernian Aviva conducting health checks, Flora providing free cholesterol testing, the HSE West will be checking your blood pressure with their ‘Farmers have Hearts’ campaign and the EU Commission will be promoting their ‘Life without Smoking’ initiative. The Shannon Arcade will play host to The Irish Haemochromatosis Association, The Irish Blood Transfusion Board and the Irish Cancer Society. If finance is top of your agenda, then the Shannon Arcade is also for you with Learn about Shares, The Pensions Board and Solicitors Malcolmson Law and Deirdre Ryan on hand to answer any queries you may have.

Tourism would appear to see the Ploughing Championships as an excellent platform for promotion with many tourist boards participating, such as Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Kilkenny Tourism, Mid Ireland Tourism and many hotels – Best Western International, Maldron Hotels, Moran and Bewleys Hotels, Keadeen Hotel, Hodson Bay Group also taking up residence in the Barrow arcade for the three days.

For the equestrian enthusiasts, there will be plenty of excitement with the hugely exciting hunt chase with teams from all over competing and the fast and furious pony club games. Be sure to check out the sheep dog trials where these magnificent dogs obey their master’s whistle to complete tasks in the quickest time.

Retail therapy will not be in short supply with sportswear, workwear, outdoor clothing, perfume, rugby merchandise, toys, jewellery, kiddies clothing, t-shirt printing and stylish Wellingtons all on sale.


Tickets for the Championships are now available by calling 00 353 (0)59 8625125 or for more information, visit www.npa.ie. Discount available on tickets of 10 or more.


Staff from the Association’s Head Office will be on hand for the three days of the event. For more detailed information on the National Ploughing Championships visit www.npa.ie or Tel: 059 8625125.