Top Scottish ploughman Andrew Mitchell snr won his seventh World Ploughing Championship title against 25 other nations at Lake of the Woods, Baudette, Minnesota, USA, on August 30 and 31.

He came out of retirement last year to win the Scottish conventional title to qualify for this year's World Championships in the USA where he won a seventh world title – all his previous successes have been in the reversible class.

Andrew and his son, also Andrew, completed the double in 2016 when the Worlds were held at York, with Andrew snr winning his sixth World Reversible title and Andrew jnr winning his third conventional title.

This year Andrew snr, along with Scotland's reversible champion Dave Carnegie, from Laurencekirk – who was 14th in his section – sent their tractors and ploughs out via shipping container in July. The costs for transporting their equipment ran to more than £15,000 and the support of local ploughing societies, Scottish Ploughing Championships and The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland was greatly appreciated by the ploughmen.

They arrived in the USA a week before the competition to set up their equipment and take part in the official practice sessions organised by the USA Plowing Association.

Day 1 was on stubble and the land was fairly good. Andrew was placed first with 209.5 points ahead of Gene Gruber, from host country USA, in second on 197 points, while Andrew Gill, from Northern Ireland, was third on 195 points.

Day 2 was on grassland, with Andrew coming third on 182.5 points. Eamonn Tracey, from the Republic of Ireland, won the grassland on 198.5 points with Gene Gruber second on 183.5 points.

Andrew's points total of 392 over the two days won him the conventional title, with Eamonn Tracey in second on 384.5 points and Gene Gruber third on 380.5.

World reversible champion was Marco Angst, from Switzerland, on 413.5 points, Reserve was John Whelan, from the Republic of Ireland, on 409 points and third was Soren Korsgaard, of Denmark, on 398 points.

The 57th Scottish and 22nd European Vintage Ploughing Championships take place on October 26 and 27 at Bowhouse, St Monans, Fife, by kind permission of the Anstruther family. More information is available on the website at