7 record-breaking farming records to inspire you to change the world

By Lauren Festa
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This month Guinness World Records has partnered with US-based youth organization 4-H to celebrate "Farmfluencers" who are changing the future of agriculture.

The farming industry has been around for 10,000 years, but every day bright young minds are finding new opportunities to innovate and change the face of agriculture around the world. 4-H is hosting a global video competition that invites and empowers young people to become more connected with farming.

To join in the spirit, we’ve corralled together a list of seven record-breakers who can inspire you to learn more about farming.

Most two-wheeled tractors ploughing simultaneously

On 29 August 2011, 23 British and Irish ploughmen achieved this record at an event organized by the George Holt’s Iron Horse Tractor group. The record-setting attempt took place at Wey Manor Farm in New Haw, Byfleet, Surrey, UK. 

The tractors used were 21 orange-coloured vintage Iron Horse Tractors manufactured from 1939 to 1958 by the British Anzani Engineering Company and two green-coloured Trusty Tractors manufactured by Tractors London. They were all pedestrian-controlled, two-wheeled machines of similar power and size. All tractors ploughed simultaneously in their individually allotted plots at a minimum depth of 4 in (12.07 cm) for a minimum period of five minutes making the event one for the record books.

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Largest butterfly farm

Opened in March 1986, the largest butterfly farm is located on the Malaysian island of Penang. The farm occupies 0.8 hectares and includes a breeding centre, garden enclosure, laboratory and exhibition area. It contains more than 4,000 living specimens belonging to more than 50 different species.

Largest display of scarecrows

On 7 August 2014, the National Forest Adventure Farm (UK) in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, UK displayed a jaw-dropping 3,812 scarecrows, breaking the previous record by 501. The farm made the attempt a true community event by teaming up with local schools, businesses, and villages to break the record.

largest display of scarecrows

First moose farm

The world’s first farm devoted to the domestication and rearing of the moose – the world’s biggest species of deer – is Kostroma Moose Farm in Kostroma Oblast, Russia. Home to over 800 moose individuals and 15 moose cows, Kostroma’s Moose Farm was established in 1963, where a herd of free-ranging semi-domesticated moose is still maintained.

Tallest horse living

The tallest living horse is Big Jake, an 18-year-old Belgian Gelding horse, who measures 20 hands 2.75 in (210.19 cm, 82.75 in), without shoes. The average height of a Belgian horse is usually between 16 and 17 hands. 

Big Jake was first measured on 19 January 2010 at his home in Smokey Hollow Farms in Poynette, Wisconsin, USA and has since become quite the celebrity. Jerry Gilbert, his loving owner and farm manager says that the mighty animal loves being the center of attention – and that getting belly rubs and his neck scratched is his favourite thing.

Most lambs shorn in 8 hours

Justin Bell (New Zealand) followed World Shearing Record Committee Rules to shear a whopping 731 lambs. This record-breaking achievement took place on 16 December 2002 at Opepe Trust Farm in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

Largest game of Old McDonald Had A Farm

While it might not be an agricultural achievement, this is still a fun record that is sure to inspire aspiring Farmfluencers around the world. The record was achieved by Sally's Hootenanny (USA) at Allegany State Park in Salamanca, New York, USA, on 17 August 2013. 356 participants gathered to sing and dance their way into history and beat the previous record by 24.

largest game of old mcdonald

You can learn more about 4-H's Farmfluencers competition here