Pics: Eye-catching classic tractors turn the sod at Cooley ploughing festival

The 2017 Convoy to Cooley Peninsula Ploughing Festival took place this weekend; the event was hosted in Riverstown.

The festival included truck and tractor runs, as well as a vintage show and, of course, a ploughing demonstration in which vintage and classic tractors were put through their paces.

The truck run included a sizeable display of tractor units – of various makes and hues. Highlights can be seen on the festival’s Facebook page.

Photographer Ray Mallon (RM Agriphotos) was there too – capturing the sights throughout the day and framing some very eye-catching photographs along the way. Here, we bring you just a selection of the many pictures taken by Ray.

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Another noteworthy event photographed by Ray was the recent ‘Working Vintage Festival’ on Saturday, August 12, at the picturesque Rosemount Estate in Greyabbey. It was hosted by the Co. Down Traction Engine Club.

The event celebrated 100 years of Ford and Fordson tractors, alongside an appreciation of “miscellaneous harvesting equipment”. Also featuring was a tractor road run, which was held on the Friday evening.

The Irish County Tractor Club was there; its members notably brought four County 1884 tractors – the only ones in Ireland – to the site.

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Prior to that, the Irish County Tractor Club held a working day in Ballinaskeagh, Banbridge, Co. Down. The event was the staging post for a silage harvesting spectacle – involving hoards of vintage and classic tractors and harvesters. The silage was cut on the farm of Mark Stewart, a member of the club.