A huge CONGRATULATIONS to Combines 4 Charity who have set a new world record for the number of self-propelled forage harvesters working simultaneously in one field.
On Saturday 6th May 2017, 104 self-propelled harvesters descended onto the 100-acre field in Kiltale, Co Meath for this world record event in aid of several charities, including the NRH Foundation, Barnardos and the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre.
Participants travelled from far and wide across Ireland as well as countries such as the UK, Germany, and Australia, to be part of this very unique occasion. The gates opened at 10:00am to the public, who streamed onto the site over the course of the day to witness first-hand this once-in-a-lifetime spectacle. From 3:00pm on, an air of anticipation swept across the site, as 113 tractors and trailers along with 104 foragers paraded around the field and then assumed their positions for the main event. Once in place, a flare was shot into the sky and 65,000hp roared into action – travelling down the field in unison and setting a new world record in the process. Within 7 minutes all 100 acres of grass had been chopped and collected, waiting to be tipped into the nearby silage pit. In total, over €30 million worth of metal was in action in front of the amassed crowd, making it one of the most notable events of its type not just in Ireland but possibly across much of Europe. Speaking at the event, Combines 4 Charity’s Tony Brady asked: “Will it ever be repeated again?”
To date this event has raised well over €60,000 – an absolutely phenomenal amount of money. The NRH Foundation feels very privileged and honoured to be one of the beneficiary Charities of this amazing event. We would like to say a huge CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to the Combines 4 Charity Committee and all those who took part in this very historical event. We would also like to sincerely thank the O’Sullivan family for allowing the use of their magnificent field for this unique Challenge.