The curtain has come down on the 85th Ploughing Championships in Co Offaly after three successful days, which saw a record-breaking 283,000 people visit the site at Screggan outside Tullamore.

Managing Director Anna May McHugh said the feedback has been extremely positive and #Ploughing16 has been trending all week on Twitter and Facebook.

She paid tribute to the Garda traffic management plan, which kept traffic moving well to and from the site, particularly yesterday when many vehicles became stuck on the mud following afternoon rainfall.

Ms McHugh also said the NPA has signed an official "Memorandum" partnership with the New Zealand Fieldays Society "to seal the special relationship between the National Ploughing Association and our counterpart Fieldays in the Southern hemisphere".

Phyllis McGovern from Waterford took first prize in the National Brown Bread baking final in only her second time to enter the nationwide competition.

Kate Madden, 16, and her 14-year-old sister Annie with Fenu Health won the Enterprise Ireland, NPA, FJ Innovation Arena People's Choice Award.

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Yesterday, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said Budget 2017, which will be announced next month, would include measures to help deal with farm income volatility.

He said that he personally would chair a special roundtable forum to chart a better future for the grain sector early next month.