* 118th Norton Ploughing Association plough match 2009

Posted on October 19th, 2009 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General.

Saturday 17th October 2009 saw the 118th Norton Ploughing Association plough match just south of Sheffield. Roy went along and was kind enough to send in some photo’s I was unable to attend as I was at Beamish.org.uk attending their ploughmatch on the Sunday.

Hi Tim

Norton match was very good the weather and ground superb. I spoke to Maurice Butcher he drove the Bedford lorry at WILSON & SON (Ferguson dealers in Sheffield) for 2 or 3 years in the late 1950’s he know Frank Wilson of course and Freddie Wilson. Freddie was the son of Frank. Kenneth Wilson was listed as a director of Wilsons in the 1950’s Kellys directories as was their  father Alfred E. Wilson.


One of the competitors used this Ferguson TE-D20.  I think the grey item cable tied to the front is to attach a marker to line up on the first run. Getting the first run as straight as possible is one key parts to a good plough score all the other furrows are based on that first one. The Number plate of this tractor is very close to mine an age related plate I believe.

Here is the plough at the back of that tractor. A Ferguson 2 Furrow with front furrow adjuster. The most interesting thing about the picture I think is the inserted item. It looks like some sort of attachment to hold the implement up without engaging the hydraulics whilst moving between jobs. I don’t think it was a Ferguson item but I did see one of these for sale on eBay recently.

Another Ferguson 2 furrow plough. This one I’m not sure would be allowed into the Ferguson class as it has a couple of banned items fitted. 1. the adjustable top link. 2. A stabalizer bar fitted to the left lower link arm.

Checkout the rules of the Ferguson class (now officially recognised my the society of ploughmen) here if you do want to enter a Ferguson class and there is one available at your next plough match.

Ferguson Tractor & Ferguson Plough rules

This looks like an FE35 with a Ransome plough, probably entered into the Vintage Hydraulic class.

And finally the “get the job done” solution, this modern alternative to vintage ploughing. It just doesn’t look the same as a nice Ferguson and 2 furrow plough.

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One Response to “118th Norton Ploughing Association plough match 2009”

  1. Gunnar Says:

    The attachment on 595 UXH is not a Ferguson item. It is a norwegian construction made by Kverneland Fabrikker (now Kverneland). This attachment was very common for norwegian Ferguson tractors for transport of “heavy” loads in the 3-point hitch. This attachment was also used on MF 35 and Fordson Dextas for holding implement in lifted position, f.ex. rear load in combination with front loader. The photo shows the old edition. But I can`t see any arm of feather steel going forward under the right side of the seat for engaging/disengaging the lock.

    The norwegian name is løftelås (loftelas). In english translation: lift lock or hitch lock.

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