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Farmers harvest a world record in Co Meath

By Chris McCullough

More than 100 self-propelled forage harvesters created quite a sight at the weekend as they lined up to set a world record by working together in the same field.

Scores of Northern Ireland farmers and contractors were among those who travelled to Kiltale in Co Meath on Saturday to help set the record - which was the first time it had been attempted.

The record was adjudicated by Profi Machinery magazine and was officially recorded as 104 self-propelled forage harvesters worked in the same field for a period of five minutes and 45 seconds.

There were also 113 tractors with silage trailers attached at the event to gather the grass collected by the harvesters. In total, the organisers estimated there was over €30m (£25.4m) worth of machinery in the field.

Local participants included Kane Trailers, based at Ballynahinch, who attended the event with its rare vintage New Holland forager and a Ford 7810 Silver Jubilee attached to one of the company's own trailers.

Noel Kane drove the forager during the record attempt and managed to finish his allocated sward within the time frame.

Other Northern Ireland attendees included Killen Brothers from Londonderry who took their Krone Big X 630 and the New Holland dealership R Kennedy.

Trevor Simpson from Antrim attended the event as a visitor and said it was a sight he was unlikely to ever see again.

"It really is fascinating to see so many of these huge self-propelled foragers working in the one field at the same time, a real sight to behold. The journey took me over two hours but it was worth it," he said.

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