Two north-east ploughmen are preparing to represent Scotland in the World Ploughing Championships.
Former winner Dave Carnegie from Fettercairn and Ian Williams from Maud, are spending a week familiarising themselves with the championship site near Stuttgart before the competition this weekend.
Mr Carnegie, of DM Carnegie at Steelstrath, qualified for the championships for the seventh time as winner of the reversible section at the Scottish Ploughing Championships at Crimond last year.
“We have received information that the ground is very dry so I hope we get some rain before the competition to make the soil less crumbly,” he said.
Mr Williams, who works for Sinclair Contractors at Kinknockie and Fiddesbeg, Udny, was runner-up to Ian McDonald from Keith in the Scottish conventional ploughing championships but Mr McDonald is unable to travel to Germany for family reasons.
He said: “I’m obviously delighted to be competing in the world championships for the first time but disappointed for Ian.”
Forfar’s Andrew Mitchell Sr, a multiple winner of the world championship, will act as coach.