As the sun sets on this year’s ploughing, we can all sit back and relax after a tremendous three days. This year’s event marked the most successful in history with a record breaking 281,000 people having landed in Ratheniska co. Laois over the three days. The Farm Relief Services marquee proved once again to be a great success with floods of people coming in to chat to our team and sign up to the courses on offer.
The FRS team from all our divisions were out in force giving people information. Outdoors the FRS fencing team ran with a great display of the various fencing on offer to people. The Trainers were kept on their toes over the three days with the Boom Sprayer which was being demonstrated throughout the day each day.
This was a great success attracting great crowds to the stand whilst the demonstrations were undergoing. A large amount of people signed up for the course which is required to be completed by November 2015. Those who signed up for the course were entered into a draw to win a free course. A huge congratulations, to Thomas Dillon from Listowel, Co. Kerry who was the winner of the spraying course.
Herdwatch once again came out of the event with great results having gained 200 new subscriptions to the app. The app itself is going from strength to strength receiving great feedback from all who came to visit them in the FRS tent and also in the Innovation arena. The big attraction of this year’s ploughing event however was the Herdwatch mascot Herdie who was out on about promoting Herdwatch and was a big success on the trackway.
People of all ages stopped to get their photo taken with Herdie for the Twitter competition. Congratulations to the lucky winner Lauren Enright from county Kerry who won herself her county jersey for uploading a photo of themselves with Herdie. Each tweet about #Herdie, Herdwatch donated 50cent to Embrace Farm. A whopping €500 in total was raised for Embrace Farm thanks to Herdwatch.
This year we were delighted to have Tom Maher and Marie Spencer from St. Vincent De Paul who helped out at the FRS tea and coffee station for the three days. They welcomed everyone with a smile and kept the tea and coffee flowing. They raised over €900 for their charity at the event.
And so that is another year at the ploughing done and dusted. We look forward to planning for next year. Thank you to all the staff who helped out, to all our customers and the people who came to visit our stand. As always it is greatly appreciated.