Field days draws huge crowd
by Mike Isle photos by Robert Sutton
It’s one of the biggest events in Selwyn’s social, recreational and rural calendars and the year’s South Island Agricultural Field Days (SIAFD) lives up to all the hype as thousands flocked to the three-day event at Kirwee.
Organisers estimate that the event attracted a crowd of up to 30,000, and more than 380 exhibitors packed out the 35-hectare site from March 27 to 29. This event showcases products such as fencing, veterinary, chemicals or workshop tools in the agriculture and forestry industry. It gives farmers, agricultural contractors and city folk the opportunity to see the latest in agricultural machinery and services that are available on the market, particularly home-grown products.
Organising committee chairman Rodney Hadfield said the field days provide a huge opportunity for people in the agricultural industry 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, Hadfield said.
The field days is also the only agricultural show in New Zealand to feature side-by-side demonstrations, with 80 to 100 tractors, headers, mowers, seed drills and other machines put through their paces each day.
This year was also the first Tractor Pull at SIAFD since they moved to their new home at Kirwee thanks to Diesel Tune NZ, which is sponsoring the event and providing prizes.
Claas Harvest Centre won the Best Harvesting Demonstration and Best Overall Demonstration at SIAFD 2019.
Norwood won the Best Groundwork Demonstration, and Ballance Agri-Nutrients won the SIAFD’s 2019 Inaugural Smart Farming Award.