Cropscan On- Silo Analyser a Wimmera winner
THE Wimmera Machinery Field Days held in March showcased some of the most exciting farm machinery technology in the world. Field days manager Murray Wilson said the annual Victorian event prides itself on providing a showcase with a modern professional image and the very latest in agriculture machinery and technology. “To encourage exhibitors to strive for similar ideals, there are two major product awards including Machine of the Year and eleven site awards on offer during the field days,” Mr Wilson said. “The two main product awards are judged by panel of regional primary producers and agribusiness professionals who are committee members of the WMFD.” In many cases the award winning machine has gone on to become a standard piece of equipment on farms throughout Australia. Judging criteria 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. The machinery and agribusiness products that are eligible are required to be new to the market in the 12 months following last year's field days. The 2015 WMFD Machine of the Year went to the Amazone 11200 Boom Sprayer, exhibited by Claas Harvest Centre at Lake Bolac. One of the most exciting displays at the event in March was the Cropscan 3000S On-Silo Analyser, which is a near infrared analyser that is mounted to an auger or pipe to measure protein, moisture and oil continuously during grain and oilseed harvesting. The CropScan 3000S was awarded the Agribusiness Innovation of the Year by the judges. The site awards are judged by a panel of WMFD committee members 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 Wimmera Field Days Judges also look for aesthetic appeal, presentation of equipment on display, dress and ease of recognition of staff on the site (uniform/ name tags) and safety (tent pegs, leads, sharp objects trip hazards) and compliance with WMFD policy and procedure prior to and during the event is also taken in to consideration. Claas Harvest Centre at Lake Bolac won the Best Outdoor Machinery Exhibit, while the Best Outdoor General Exhibit went to the Horsham Lawnmower Centre. The Best Field Days Marquee Exhibit was awarded to another local business, PB Seeds at Horsham. Southern Precision from Naracoorte won the award for the best exhibit in the Alan Heard Pavilion, while Hamilton Farm Supplies' Te Pari Racewell won Best Livestock Block Exhibit. Swanbuild, from Swan Hill, has recognised at the best exhibit in the Moore Exhibition Centre and Scania from Campbellfield took home honours for Best Truck and Trailer Territory Exhibit. The Best Boating, Camping and Caravan Exhibit prize was claimed by Ballarat City Caravans and the Best Country Gourmet Exhibit went to Chefs Toolbox from Horsham. Wentworth Falls, NSW, exhibitor Cozyosko won the Best Indoor Country Lifestyle Exhibit, while Timeless Toys from Mount Evelyn won the Best Outdoor Country Lifestyle Exhibit. • Details: http://www.wimmerafielddays.com.au/
The CropScan 3000S was awarded the Wimmera Machinery Field Days’ Agribusiness Innovation of the Year.