It’s not long now till one of the biggest if not the biggest event in the farming calendar . The National Ploughing championships are on next Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th of September in Ratheniska , Co Laois .
This is a yearly three day event which showcases all areas of agriculture in Ireland from machinery to food , dairy to sheep , farming organisations to sheds and lots more as well . It is a great day or couple of days out for the whole family because there is something for everyone there .
We go every year and some years we go two or maybe even the three days . This year we are going on the Wednesday and on that day I am going to be tweeting from the @IrelandsFarmers account for the day . This Twitter account is curated each week by a different Irish farmers to give people an insight into farm life on all types of farms .
This year the three days of the ploughing is covered by three different farmers my day is Wednesday . The fun thing this year is you can come meet the tweeting farmers at the ploughing . Each day in the IFA tent there will be a meet up , one at 12pm and another at 3pm . It will a chance to meet us and have a chat . So I am asking you all to come along if you are at the ploughing Wednesday and say hi at 12pm or 3pm myself and Sid will be waiting .
Our hashtag for the ploughing is #ploughing15 and here is the @IrelandsFarmers account so go follow and see what will be happening over the three days . We will be there to answer farming questions , Twitter questions or in my case if anyone wants to know about blogging or vlogging I will be happy to start you off that day .
So spread the word guys about the meet up and I hope to see you all at the ploughing there might even be tea 🙂
Elaine x .
Here is a vlog from last years ploughing 🙂
A few months ago Lorna Sixsmith organised the first Farmerette tweet up. It was great to get to meet face to face all the other farming women who I tweet most days. We all met in Kilkenny for lunch , their was nine of us and we talked farming , family , male farmers , how twitter has helped us all , what we find great about using twitter and why we think more in the farming community should as well.
There was a huge media interest in the tweet up , we were all on the radio and in Irish Country Living. It was a great feeling the be one of these strong farming women but the men did feel a little left out that it was just us women at the tweet up.
So that was where the idea for a ploughing tweet up came from. Where else in the whole country will you get most of the farming community over three days ? it was the ideal venue to pick. Myself and Suzanna started organising the tweet up for the Wednesday of the Ploughing we felt it was the middle day and we might get a good crowd.
So the plan is, I am heading to the ploughing on the Tuesday and will be tweeting all day from it . I will be tweeting pictures of where the tweet up will be , some interesting things to see and do and anything else I see that might be of interest. The actual tweet up will be on the Wednesday 25th at 2.00pm and will be at the bandstand. The tweet up is for everyone farmers or not. It will be a chance for us all to meet face to face rather than just on twitter.
The bandstand is right beside the National Ploughing Headquarters right in the centre of the ploughing site. The NPA are hoping to stream the event live so our tweet up will be seen all over the world. To follow all the tweets about the tweet up either follow the hash tag #pctup or follow myself @newfarmerette or suzanna @ZwartblesIE . You will then be able to see all the tweets about the tweet up the day before and on the day you will be able to keep track of what’s happening.
Myself and Suzanna hope we get loads of people coming to say ‘ Hi ‘ and we get to meet all the people we chat to daily on twitter. Tweet us and lets us know if you will be able to make it 🙂