Michaela McLeod — first woman to chair the SIAFD committee

New chair for Field Days

by Mike Isle

Planning is underway for the 2021 South Island Agricultural Field days at Kirwee in Central Canterbury, with the appointment of Michaela McLeod as the new organising committee chair.

After nine years with the organising committee in various roles, McLeod now heads the team of about 25 volunteers.

Attracting about 30,000 people every two years the event provides a three-day showcase for everything agricultural, including the latest in technological innovations with land and crops made available to provide working demonstrations of farm machinery.

Ms McLeod says that for March 24 to 26, 2021, the organising committee has a successful formula to build on at the permanent site at Kirwee.

Based at Darfield, she has a BAgSci (Hons) degree from Lincoln University and operates a business running independent agricultural research trials with her husband Ben, who is a fencing contractor.

They have two children, Joe, age three and Harriet, eight months. Ms McLeod replaces Rodney Hadfield, who was chairman for both the 2017 and 2019 field days. She is the first woman to head the organising committee.