Ploughing matches are hardcore spring time events in Wales
Norwegian Fiord ponies are immensely strong for their size, but even they struggled a bit with the hard ground.
Euron Griffith, 13, has just started ploughing competitively.
Hard, dry ground presented a challenge for some of the smaller tractors.
My brother’s big Comtois horses had to heave a bit in the dry conditions, but Dafydd finished his plot by ploughing shallow.
Rebuilding banks by hand, using stone. This contest is particularly popular with youngsters, as you don’t need anything but a pair of hands to compete.
Griff Jones of Criccieth, North Wales, ploughing in the Classic Mounted Plough Class on his Massey Ferguson 65. Griff took first prize in this class.
Bristol crawlers were made from 1930 to 1970. By the late 1960s, crawlers were becoming less popular as contractors opted for wheeled excavators. With more powerful tractors on the market, small crawlers declined in popularity.
Going home in disgrace! Bob’s crawler did not make a good showing.
Competing to see who can make the tidiest earth bank using a digger.
The Mercedes Unimog is a handy machine: The plough can be lifted on and off the back with the Hiab (the lifting equipment) and the crawler can be towed behind on a fairly small trailer.
This Bristol PD Angledozer has a Perkins P3 diesel engine, a 3-speed gearbox and a top speed of about 5 mph. “Uncle Bob” is pictured here at the controls with my little boy Tegid; they have been clearing gorse from a nearby hillside with the blade of the crawler.