It was a little surprising that the 2017 Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days didn’t break the all-time attendance record, but with over 24,000 it only fell shy by 5 per cent fewer than the 2015 record breaker.
This was put down to many areas suffered months of dry weather before finally getting some reprieve in mid-July. Despite this, exhibitors reported strong enquiries and strong sales and genuine interest this year.
Exhibitor numbers matched last year’s record of 770 and there was good weather over the two-day event.
It was non-stop action at the live shearing demonstrations run by 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.
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 that catered for families.
In the Best New Release categories Geronimo Farm Equipment had a win with the Brandt 1547LP grain belt that makes it easy to move large quantities of grain quickly. It operates a 38cm (15-inch) belt, 254mm (10-inch) tube, and ranges in length from 11 to 14m (37-47ft).
Himac Attachments won with its HaySpin Bale Spinner. This tractor loader attachment unroll a round bale while reversing. Using hydraulic rotation, you can control the speed and direction of the unrolling action. Its also handy to drop a bale over a fence.
Also in the prize pool was Sonic Boomsprays with the Ultra Sonic 10045 TJ. With a 10,000-litre product carrying capacity and boom widths out to 45.5m (149ft) this tractor drawn sprayer is a real time saver with fewer fills required.
To keep up to date and find out more about the 2018 event, call Coordinator Mikaela Knill on mobile: 0438 926 196 go to www.nfday.com.au, and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nfday or email email@example.com