If you’ve been following the fate of one of Australia’s biggest Field Days, AgQuip, held at Gunnedah NSW, it just about sums up the tale of all Field Days for 2020.
AgQuip has now been cancelled for 2020 but as recently as early May the organisers made a bold bid to reschedule the event from its regular August slot to mid-November.
As stated at the time, “There is no way a virus will be allowed to beat Australia’s biggest field day – AgQuip at Gunnedah NSW.”
That was then but of course there was a lot at stake with more than 100,000 farming professionals turning up each year to view over 3000 products and services at this world class event.
ACM Rural Events Group Manager Kate Nugent commented that the coronavirus has struck on what is turning out to be one of the best, most fruitful periods for Australian agriculture in years.
With the drought easing its grip on vast areas of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, the economic outlook was better than it had been for the past few years, she said. Farmers who hadn’t produced a crop for many seasons were anticipating excellent harvests.
With pastures and flocks thriving too, people on the land were being offered the opportunity of replacing and updating equipment, in a way they hadn’t dared to consider for some time.
The organisers of AgQuip also stage the highly successful CRT FarmFest Field Days at Kingsthorpe, west of Toowoomba, Queensland. Normally held in June, FarmFest was moved to October, but it, too, has now been cancelled.
AgQuip, which started on the Gunnedah Racecourse in 1973, is due to celebrate its 50th birthday in 2022.
Throughout its long history, until 2020, it has never shifted from the third week of August and looks forward to return to its August dates in 2021.
For more information about AgQuip 2021, please contact the organisers, ACM Rural Events (formerly known as Fairfax Rural Events) on phone 02 6768 5800, email email@example.com or visit www.facebook.com/agquip