Ploughers in the groove for contest

Tari JeffersThe West Australian
The 2016 winner Russell Mehrtens, of Collie.
Camera IconThe 2016 winner Russell Mehrtens, of Collie. Credit: Tari Jeffers

Vintage and commercial tractors were hard at work on Saturday during the annual State Mouldboard Ploughing Competition in Manjimup.

Twenty tractors were involved in the competition, which took place at Jim Bogoias’ property.

First place with 169 points went to Collie’s Russell Mehrtens for the second year in a row.

Second went to Albany’s Don Tomlinson, with 165 points, and third went to Bridgetown man and co-organiser Gerald Richings, with 163 points.

Mr Bogoias said he was happy to provide his property as the venue because it was “unbelievable” to bring the ploughers back.

“A lot of the people here have never ploughed before, they just had a tractor and plough and wanted to give it a go,” he said.

“It’s great to see people from throughout the South West here.

“Some of these tractors are 60 to 70 years old.”

Boyup Brook's Michael Askew tinkers with his tractor during the ploughing competition on Saturday.
Camera IconBoyup Brook's Michael Askew tinkers with his tractor during the ploughing competition on Saturday. Credit: Tari Jeffers

Event organisers Mr Richings and Bryan Hickman started the competition five years ago to bring mouldboard ploughing into the spotlight.

Mr Richings said the competition followed strict international rules that had been in effect for 100 years.

The event raised about $3000 for the Manjimup Men’s Shed and men’s health workshops.

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