Positive feeling at the ploughing championships with the most buoyant sales in three years as farmers believe they have been through the worst.

The National Ploughing Championships are held every year in September. In addition to the actual competitions, the event has become a huge agricultural exhibition and trade hub.

Michael Ryan reports from the last day of the 1990 Championships, where 600 companies had £30 million worth of farm machinery on display. According to Paddy Callan, President of the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association, farmers are good business people and have got their act together.

On the field, farmers are competing for two places on the Irish team for the World Ploughing Championships. They are watched by Martin Kehoe of Wexford, who won the national title yesterday for the fourth time, and John Treacy of Carlow. There have been 100,000 visitors over the three-day run, held in Carlow for three years running.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 4 October 1990.