The rain held off for most of the day in Co. Laois for Day Two of the National Ploughing Championships, with just one downpour in the afternoon for the 127,000-strong crowd.


The Taoiseach Enda Kenny was on site early having breakfast with the NPA and was joined by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Ann Phelan and the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly.


Simon Coveney’s full-day schedule saw him visiting the main farming organisations, lunching in the Fine Gael tent and launching a series of new products and schemes.

The McMenamin family from Co. Mayo

The McMenamin family from Co. Mayo

While walking around the Ploughing for the day can be tiring for the majority of us, these two had no problem jumping up and down on trampolines!


Once the downpour came however, hoods and umbrellas were put up as the crowds headed for shelter.

DSCN7958Henry Shefflin was at the National Dairy Council stand where fans got to meet and greet him. 

Fianna Fail launched a new policy strategy at the Ploughing – saying it would protest the primary producer in the marketplace with proposals for an independent ‘Groceries Code Adjudicator’. DSCN7989

Teagasc launched a series of 14 beef production system guidelines at the Ploughing Day Two. 

FBD hosted Animal Health Ireland and a joint initiative Beef Health Check program, which was attended by Minister Coveney.