With Airfield House in the background turning the sod of The Garden Field in 1992.
Ploughing ground is the first task in preparing land for planting.
The plough turns the sod upside down causing the grass to rot down, which provides nourishment and space for whatever crop the farmer intends to grow.
Drills can then be made for the likes of beet above which my father and myself sowed in The Middle Field in 1986, using the old type of Clydesdale horse (smaller than the breed type) to pull a scuffler to loosen any weeds so there is no competition to the crop.
Page from Henry J. Webb's Advanced Agriculture of 1894
I learned my trade the traditional way - from father to son - on Airfield Farm in Dublin, taking over as farm manager from my father Gerry in 1980.
Before Airfield my father had worked as a head horseman in Meath, and is pictured here at the R. D. S. Horse Show in 1990, winning First prize in the 'Dublin City Working Horse Class'.
This horse was an Irish Draught/Clydesdale cross bred mare. Traditionally in Ireland these two draught breeds were crossed to produce a heavy farm work horse.
For information about Airfield Farm click on http://www.airfield.ie/