Crops­can On- Silo Anal­yser a Wim­mera winner

Australian Farmers & Dealers Journal - - FIELD DAYS EXPO GUIDE -

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.wim­mer­afield­

The CropS­can 3000S was awarded the Wim­mera Ma­chin­ery Field Days’ Agribusi­ness In­no­va­tion of the Year.

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