Fine furrows herald new season

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With spring round the corner, farmers are ploughing fields to plant fresh crops.

Among those digging new furrows is Stephen Jones of South Muasdale Farm, who used a traditional plough pulled by heavy cross bred cobs, Joice, Joe and Finn, to cultivate one of his fields this week.

Mr Jones said: ‘The field is going to be planted with mangels or turnips so I can strip graze it with some of the cows this winter.’

He explained mangels are similar to fodder beet but are softer so can be fed without the need to chop them first.

He added: ’60 to 70 per cent of the root is above ground so they are an excellent crop to be grazed in situ.’

The plough Mr Jones used was made by an Amish company in the USA and was bought new two years ago.

He added: ‘It has a spring reset which is great for stony ground and has a standard Kverneland body.’

All being well, Mr Jones and the horses will be in action at the Kintyre Agricultural Society ploughing match at Glenrioch Farm, Stewarton, on Saturday March 2, so anyone who would like to see the horses working should go along.

Heavy cross bred cobs Joice, Joe and Finn pull Mr Jones in his traditional plough. 50_c08ploughing01 Photograph: Hannah O’Hanlon