Wimmera Machinery Field Days exhibitors will be in the running to win two major product awards along with site awards at this year’s event.
Manager Murray Wilson said the organising committee prided itself on providing a showcase with a modern, professional image and the latest agriculture machinery and technology.
“To encourage exhibitors to strive for similar ideals, there are several awards on offer during the field days,” he said. “The two main product awards will be judged by a panel of regional primary producers and agribusiness professionals who are committee members of the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.”
Mr Wilson said in many cases, award-winning machines have gone on to become standard pieces of equipment on farms throughout Australia.
Judging criteria for the product awards include the machine’s purpose and suitability; scope of application; construction, durability, appearance and design; ease of maintenance and service; ease of operation, including operator comfort and safety; ease of adjustment; availability of parts; and overall value-for-money.
To be eligible, machinery and agribusiness products are required to be new to the market in the 12 months following last year’s field days.
The exhibitor site awards are judged according to overall showcase and ease of recognition; effort put into the display; quality of the site; and overall participation in the theme and spirit of the field days.
Mr Wilson said it was also important that exhibitor site holders complied with Wimmera Machinery Field Days policy and procedure prior to and during the event.
“Presentations to all winners will be made in the Field Days Square on Wednesday afternoon,” he said. 2017 exhibitor awards Product awards – Machine of the year; Agribusiness innovation of the year. Site awards – Best outdoor agribusiness site; Best indoor agribusiness site; Best outdoor general site; Best Moore Exhibition Centre exhibit; Best indoor Country Lifestyle exhibit; Best outdoor Country Lifestyle exhibit; Best Country Gourmet Pavilion exhibit.