Mullinahone Co-op has launched a two-week price cut of its calf tags in order to pass on the benefits that farmers would have received if the National Ploughing Championships had gone ahead this year.

The co-op has said that they have placed huge value on the event and the role it plays in meeting farmer customers but this year’s event was cancelled in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

In the period of September 15 to September 30, Mullinahone Co-op will charge €2.80/set for visual tags and €3.80/set for electronic tags.

Mullinahone has also included the newly-introduced reduction in VAT from 23% to 21% and they have claimed that they are currently the only tag supplier in the country to have done this.

They have also claimed that their EID tags are now the cheapest available in the market with price reductions of around 10%.

2021 ‘Ploughing’ location revealed

The location for the 2021 National Ploughing Championships has been revealed. The National Ploughing Association (NPA) has announced that the annual event will take place in Ratheniska, Co. Laois.

Next year will be the 90th National Ploughing Championship, taking place from September 15 to 18.

The 68th World Ploughing Contest will also take place in Ratheniska.

This week, the National Ploughing Championship site for 2020 in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co. Carlow, lay empty and deserted after the event became one of the many victims to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The NPA announced on May 8 its decision to cancel the 2020 National Ploughing Championships in the interest of public health and safety.

“The executive reached this very difficult decision to cancel the trade exhibition as public health and safety is our foremost priority given the current global pandemic.

With visitor attendance last year of 297,000 and up to 1,700 exhibitors, we had too many concerns about how we could implement social distancing and the potential risk of bringing together people from all over the country.

In 89 years, the National Ploughing Championship has only ever been cancelled once before – in 2001, due to the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.