SCOTLAND'S PLOUGHING Champions will soon be travelling to Lake of the Woods, Minnesota, USA to take part in the 66th World Ploughing Championships on August 30 and 31.

Dave Carnegie is Scotland's first World Ploughing Champion, having won in 1996, and has represented Scotland eight times at the World Ploughing championships. Dave farms in partnership with his brother Brian and son Derek at Laurencekirk, where they grow barley, oilseed rape, wheat and potatoes.

Andrew Mitchell Snr is six times World Reversible Ploughing champion, a feat unrivalled by any other plougher, and this year will be representing Scotland in the Conventional section. Andrew has ploughed 10 times at the World Ploughing Championships, winning six times, runner up three times and third placed once – an exceptionally consistent record of achievement. Andrew works with his son Andrew Jnr, partner at AL Agri, McCormick and Pottinger dealer, Forfar.

The Scottish team's tractors and ploughs departed via container and ship last month and are already in the United States of America.

Andrew and Dave are being supported with their travel costs by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland and the Scottish Ploughing Championships.

There are 25 countries taking part in this year's World Ploughing Championships. The individual countries within the UK are individually affiliated to the World Ploughing Organisation and send their own national champions.

Peter Alderslade and David Chapell will be representing England; James Coulter and Andrew Gill will plough for Northern Ireland; and Hugh Griffith and Rhodri George will be there for Wales. John Whelan (2018 Reserve World Reversible Champion) and Eamonn Tracey (2018 World Conventional Champion), will represent the Republic of Ireland.