Eighty thousand people have attended the second day of the National Ploughing Championships.

One of the largest outdoor agricultural events in Europe, the National Ploughing Championships at Annaharvey near Tullamore welcomed thousands of spectators this afternoon.

Those who weren't visiting the eight hundred and fifty exhibition stands or the funfair had the opportunity to view the ploughing competitions. Martina Flynn Kerry who is one of the entrants competing for the Queen of the Plough title, describes the conditions as excellent,

The ground is dry, the sun is shining thank God.

Competitors from all over Ireland gave the Senior Reversible category their best shot, says John Whelan from Wexford who took first place,

The standard has risen quite significantly in the last two to three years.

In another section of the grounds, members of the Irish Farmers Association staged a protest at an EU (European Union) Commission event, and made clear their views on the subject of Brazilian beef imports to EU Commission representative Martin Territt,

We’re sick of it, we’re being wiped out.

Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness was one of the visitors to Annaharvey today, but southern ministers were obliged to make their apologies and leave early to attend a confidence vote in Dáil Éireann.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 September 2007. The reporter is Joe O’Brien.