Wet Weather Fails to Dampen Spirits

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July 27, 2017

Wet Weather Fails to Dampen Spirits

Spirits were high at the 2018 Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days this week despite inclement weather on the first day of the event.

Dowerin Events Management Chairperson Nadine McMorran said over 22,000 visitors attended the event, just 9% short of 2017 figures.

“After good rains thus far into the season, farmer’s confidence levels were high at Field Days which translated into tremendous sales for our 750 exhibitors, with some reporting record breaking sales figures” Mrs McMorran said.

“We had mixed weather over the two days, with rain and wind on Wednesday but a pleasant and sunny Thursday, this is reflected in our gate numbers, with more people attending on the Thursday for the first time ever.”

One of the new features to this year’s Field Days was the Young Farmer’s Challenge which saw teams of 4, consisting of men and women aged 18 – 35, compete against the clock in a myriad of challenges with the fastest team wining $2000.

The teams had to master 10 everyday farm tasks including seed identification, wool classing, swag roll, trough cleaning, fencing and mustering livestock. “We’re always looking for new ways to include the future generations of agriculture in Field Days and this competition was fun means to do so.” said event coordinator Suzanne Blay.

In keeping with Field Days ethos of giving back to the community, 50% of the $2000 prize money is to be donated by the winning team to an organisation of their choice, with winners ‘Dolly’s Dream Team’ donating $1000 to the Dolly’s Dream Foundation. “Based on the success of this year’s event we have decided to make this competition an annual event at Field Days and from 2019 it will be the WA state final for the National Young Farmers Challenge” said Miss Blay.

Continuing the youth focus, 2018 saw the return of the AWI Junior Merino Judging Competition after its introduction to the event in 2017. “Once again this was a huge hit and generated a lot of interest with even more schools registered to compete this year” said Brett Jones, Livestock Coordinator. The competition took place in the Milne Marquee and is the preliminary event for the state final at the Perth Royal Show.

In line with the 2018 theme, ‘Women in Agriculture’ Field Days opted for all female presenters said Chairperson Nadine McMorran. “Both Celebrity Chef Anna Gare and Gardening Guru Sabrina Hahn’s presentations were packed throughout the two days and both ladies enjoyed chatting with locals immensely” said Mrs McMorran “We also thoroughly enjoyed having 2017 Rural Woman of the Year, Tanya Dupagne speak at the Official Opening and again at the CSBP Women in Agriculture Networking Event.”

The networking event was borne from the overwhelmingly positive reaction we received to this year’s theme ‘Women in Agriculture’ said event coordinator Suzanne Blay “we are very appreciative to sponsors CSBP, Soklich & Co and the Department of Communities for assisitng us in bring ing the idea to realization.”

The event saw five female speakers including Katrina Sasse, 2017 Nuffield Scholar recipient and Nicole Pero, Development Manager at CSBP Fertilisers speak about their own experiences and the importance of diversity in the industry. “we are very happy with how the event went and are delighted by the positive feedback we have received” said Miss Blay.

The quality presentation of the exhibition displays at this year’s event was exceptional with many exhibitors incorporating this year’s theme ‘Women in Agriculture’ into their display, with Elders taking out the award for Most Outstanding Exhibitor.

The judges were impressed by the overall appeal of the Elders site, which included a large range of equipment, information, friendly staff and well presented displays.

The Best New Release categories were won by McIntosh Distribution for the Miller 7310 Nitro Sprayer, Grainking for their Field Bins and McIntosh Distribution for the Quantum Air Drill by Morris

Farmers Edge won the Best Emerging Technology award for their  Precision Digital Solutions, with The Honda Shop taking out the award for Best Motoring Exhibit, Rural Dance School of WA winning Best Lifestyle & Leisure Exhibit and Oakford Stockffeds getting the award for the Best Equestrian Exhibit.

Mrs McMorran commended the volunteers on their efforts during the lead up to and throughout the event.

“It is a huge event to pull off and it 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,” Mrs McMorran said.

 

Media Enquiries:

Suzanne Blay

Event Coordinator

(08) 9631 1021

info@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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