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Battling it out for best furrows

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: November 01, 2012

  • Alfie Trethewey, with shire horses Juna and Wilfred.

  • Bryony Gill shows ploughing. The two greys are Angel and Brave Lad. Buy these pictures: www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/buyaphoto

  • Little Charlie Roberts helps mum with her trophies. Georgina Roberts won the Tony Oliver Cup for best exhibit hay and silage, and the Mrs Jeffery Cup for most points over-18s' cookery.

  • John Lawrence from Hayle.

  • Robert Eddy, with shire horses Belle and Diamond.

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MORE than 300 spectators watched competitors attempt to plough the perfect furrow at the Western Area Agricultural Competition in Polgigga on Saturday.

Ploughmen used a variety of devices, ranging from vintage horse-drawn to modern reversible ploughs, in a bid to draw the straightest line at the contest held at Raftra Farm near St Levan.

In total, 82 people took part in the contest, which was held alongside a produce show with categories including photography, handicraft, best cauliflower and potato.

Winner of the prestigious WA Hosking Cup, for Best in the Field, went to Ian Brewer.

General secretary of the competition Simon Hollywood said: "It went really well, we were blessed with the weather.

"We had a couple of dry days in the week that dried the ground out and made near-perfect conditions.

"It was an enjoyable day for everybody and the pedigree was very good."

Mr Hollywood added that the 16 entrants in the novice category showed promise for the future of the competition.

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