Bigger deals, wheels and meals

by Ann van Engelen

The upcoming South Island Agricultural Field Days is expected to be bigger and more diverse than ever before from March 27–29 at Kirwee.

Organising committee chairman Rodney Hadfield says interest in this year’s event is strong.

“We have done a lot of work since last time in terms of gravelling all the laneways and improving infrastructure, but the format will be the same as always,” he says.

“The field days provide a huge opportunity for people to network, meet customers and view new machinery. With its focus on presenting working machines, SIAFD reinforces the relationship between farmers, manufacturers, retailers, and technical experts.”

This year features an expanded lifestyle section and Tractor Pull competition. Power Farming Canterbury has doubled the size of its site, and Taege Engineering will showcase new equipment and set up its winter machinery build programme.

There will be more than 100 lifestyle stalls showcasing products from garden sculptures to outdoor furniture. Local producers including Kirwee Bees will be participating, Tractorpull will have have three classes — standard, modified and pre-1985, which means tractors of different horsepower ratings can compete against each other.

Tickets to SIAFD are $20 a day (children are free) and can be bought at the gate. For more information visit