Written by Angelique Passebosk
Michael Berjoud He may not have achieved his self-imposed goal of finishing in one of the top 10 positions European Plowing Championships These were held Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd September 2022In Ireland.
The farmer from Saint-Félix-Lauragais has arrived 15E In general classification, out of 17 participants. But not at all proud of his performance:
This is not a small cantonal competition, we are talking about the European Championship here. Yes, I am still happy with the result.
Difficult conditions to master
It must be said that the Irish lands have nothing to do with the lands held by Michael Berjad and his son Jean Christophe. Lorraine. “It’s another world!” There, the land is more saline and, above all, very diverse,” he describes. Before adding:
The terrain surprised me. In this kind of competition, you have to constantly adapt. Unfortunately, my plow was not equipped for this type of soil. I had a breakdown on the first day…
On Saturday, inclement weather added to this technical problem on Friday. “It all made me a little nervous,” says the 62-year-old partner. I was not able to train properly before the competition because of the drought. In this kind of competition, the slightest mistake can be fatal. »
An Irishman wins at home
According to Michel Berjoud, who was His third appearance until European Plowing Championships – All but a few points will be played. “There was only one Irishman, the first above all. »
His French partner, Yves ThievonIn the meantime it was possible to climb The third stage of the podium.
There is no rest for the French Labor president
Immediately returned to Saint-Felix-Lauragais and left immediately. Michael Berjad returned from his trip to Ireland on Tuesday and will leave on Tuesday Outerville (Centre-Val de Loire)near’Orleans. “I intend to continue competing as long as my health allows me”, warns one who is also the president of the association. France worker. Then explain:
There we go with the young Damien Massiers from Maurance for the French selection that will qualify for the European and World Championships. He is now entering the big leagues after winning the French Champion title for young farmers in 2019.
Another young farmer that Michel Bergaud has taken under his wing can shine well in competitions: Lucas Pesatoof Mourvilles Hautes.
He will participate in the National Plowing Competition this Sunday, September 11. ” Of course the goal is to become the champion, but there are always unexpected events. Let’s see how it goes,” slips the insider.
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