Rollercoaster Season Fails to Dampen Spirits

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July 27, 2017

Rollercoaster Season Fails to Dampen Spirits

SPIRITS were high at the 2017 Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days this week, with exhibitors reporting strong enquiries despite a rollercoaster season.

After promising summer rains, many areas suffered months of dry weather before finally getting some reprieve in mid-July, while other farmers are expecting bumper crops.

Dowerin Events Management Chairman Michael Metcalf said over 24,000 visitors attended the event, which was in line with 2015 and just 5% short of last year’s record.

“Exhibitors are reporting strong sales and genuine interest this year, which is more than we had hoped for given the difficult start to the growing season,” Mr Metcalf said.

“Our exhibitor numbers matched last year’s record of 770 which is also a very pleasing result.

“And we were truly blessed with good weather over the two days, with only light rains coming in late Thursday afternoon.”

One of the new features to this year’s Field Days was the Sire Evaluation at the Bayer Avenge Ram Shed, which was a joint venture by the Stud Merino Breeder’s Association, Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association and the Muresk Institute.

Dowerin Field Days Livestock Marshal Brett Jones said the evaluation, which included live shearing demonstrations, was a great drawcard, creating much interest and atmosphere within the shed.

“The Sire Evaluation involved artificially inseminating Muresk Ewes to 11 different sires, with 50 ewes per sire,” Mr Jones said.

“The resulting lambs ran together, with the performance of the progeny measured to compare the genetics of each sire evaluated.

“The live shearing demonstrations were conducted by Heiniger using the Commander Agquip Shearing Module, with the fleece weighed as part of the evaluation.”

The data will become part of the Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association, to assist commercial breeders in evaluating the performance of their sires against others and improve their genetic gain.

“And because it is held at Muresk Institute, we are helping to educate future farmers,” Mr Jones said.

The Fashion Parade was also re-introduced to the Field Days this year, thanks to a partnership between the Dowerin Field Days and Eco Fashion Week Australia.

Event Coordinator Sue Blay said the parades provided a preview of Eco Fashion Week, which is the only showcase of its kind in WA.

“The designers use only sustainable products, such as wool and cashmere, to create their garments,” Ms Blay said.

“The parades were well received by the visitors to our event, attracting a considerable crowd throughout the two days.”

The quality presentation of the trade stalls this year was exceptional, with New Holland Agriculture taking out the award for Most Outstanding Exhibitor.

The judges were impressed by the overall appeal of the New Holland site, which included a good range of equipment, friendly staff and well presented displays which catered for families.

The Best New Release categories were won by Geronimo Farm Equipment for the Brandt Belt 1547LP, Himac Attachments for the HaySpin Bale Spinner and Sonic Boomsprays for the Ultra Sonic 10045 TJ.

Jim’s Antennas won the Best Emerging Technology award for the Cell- FI GO, with Avon Valley Toyota taking out the award for Best Motoring Exhibit, MickeyBlu Australia winning Best Lifestyle & Leisure Exhibit and Saddle Upp Saddlery getting the award for the Best Equestrian Exhibit.

Mr Metcalf commended the volunteers on their efforts during the lead up to and throughout the event.

“It is a mammoth task which is only possible because of the dedication of our 300 volunteers, many of whom leave their own jobs or businesses to spend the entire week at the Field Days.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank all of our sponsors for their significant contribution to the event each year, and in particular our major partners GWN7, Farmmachinerysales.com.au and Countryman Newspaper,” Mr Metcalf said.

Dowerin Field Days 2017 – Photo: Kate Drennan Photography

Dowerin Field Days 2017 – Photo: Kate Drennan Photography

Dowerin Field Days 2017 – Photo: Kate Drennan Photography

Dowerin Field Days 2017 – Photo: Kate Drennan Photography

Dowerin Field Days 2017 – Photo: Kate Drennan Photography

Dowerin Field Days 2017 – Photo: Kate Drennan Photography

Dowerin Field Days 2017 – Photo: Kate Drennan Photography

Dowerin Field Days 2017 – Photo: Kate Drennan Photography

Dowerin Field Days 2017 – Photo: Kate Drennan Photography

Dowerin Field Days 2017 – Photo: Kate Drennan Photography

Dowerin Field Days 2017 – Photo: Kate Drennan Photography

Dowerin Field Days 2017 – Photo: Kate Drennan Photography

Dowerin Field Days 2017 – Photo: Kate Drennan Photography

Dowerin Field Days 2017 – Photo: Kate Drennan Photography

Dowerin Field Days 2017 – Photo: Kate Drennan Photography

Dowerin Field Days 2017 – Photo: Kate Drennan Photography

Dowerin Field Days 2017 – Photo: Kate Drennan Photography

Dowerin Field Days 2017 – Photo: Kate Drennan Photography

Dowerin Field Days 2017 – Photo: Kate Drennan Photography

Dowerin Field Days 2017 – Photo: Kate Drennan Photography

Dowerin Field Days 2017- Photo: Vicki Photos

Media Enquiries:

Jenna Santos

Event Coordinator

(08) 96 311 021

admin@dowerinfielddays.com.au

 

AWARD WINNERS 2017

Best new release – Self Propelled Machinery

Sponsored by Countryman

WINNER: Geronimo Farm Equipment- Brandt Belt 1547LP

 

Best new release award – Machinery Attachments

Sponsored by Triple M

WINNER: Himac Attachments – HaySpin Bale Spinner

 

Best new release – Allied Equipment

Sponsored by Dowerin GWN& Machinery Field Days

WINNER: Sonic Boomspray- Ultra Sonic 10045 TJ

 

Best Emerging Technology

Sponsored by GWN7

WINNER: Jim’s Antennas – Cell- FI GO

 

Best Motoring Exhibit

Sponsored by carsales.com.au

WINNER: Avon Valley Toyota

 

Best Lifestyle & Leisure Exhibit

Sponsored by GWN7

WINNER: MickeyBlu Australia

 

Best Equestrian Exhibit

Sponsored by Countryman

WINNER: Saddle Upp Saddlery

 

Most Outstanding Exhibitor

Sponsored by Countryman

WINNER: New Holland

 

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