The National Ploughing Championships start today in Ratheniska, Co. Laois, featuring the usual mix of agricultural exhibitions and competitions. RTÉ will have a marquee on site to host live broadcasts and events.

The first Ploughing Championships covered by RTÉ were the ones held in Killarney in 1961. They were filmed on 8 and 9 November 1961 for the first ever episode of the farming programme 'On the Land', which was broadcast on 1 January 1962, the day after Telefís Éireann went on air.

This clip shows reporter Noel O'Reilly introducing the championships and talking to organiser Mrs Grosvenor, who fires a pistol to start the competition.

This year's National Ploughing Championships continue until 26 September.