Over the years, matches have witnessed it all, from the technological advances in machinery, to the transformation of novice ploughmen into award winning veterans, and an increasing involvement from women.

Here is a brief round up of the diverse range of competitors and their machines, including a special article from Eric Swain, who has been ploughing for 67 years, on page 39.

From local businesses catching up with clients, to family gatherings, and a meeting place for friends, the importance of matches now extends far beyond the furrows.

The team at South East Farmer look forward to meeting readers at the Weald of Kent and East Kent ploughing matches and wish all competitors across the South East the best of luck in their classes.

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