Success stories savour wins at coveted gongs
Ann Rawlings The Newdegate Machinery Field Days has grown significantly since the first event, with only a handful of exhibitors attending in 1973.
With more than 350 exhibitors showcasing their wares this year, field days president Ashley McDonald gave thanks for their support.
Recognising the efforts of longtime and new exhibitors, Mr McDonald said this year’s event had proved to be a fascinating example of the evolving world of agriculture and country life.
This year’s Heavy Industry Display Award, sponsored by Countryman, went to AFGRI Equipment, with its site coloured by the distinct green and gold of John Deere machinery.
In its second year at Newdegate Machinery Field Days under the AFGRI banner — the dealer was formally known as Greenline — marketing and consumer business manager Jacques Coetzee said the team was grateful of the accolade.
“We invest a lot of time, effort and money to make sure we look good in showcasing our products,” he said. “Our mission is to be the preferred supplier of premium equipment and, over the two days, I think we did a good job of relaying that message.”
Mr Coetzee said the John Deere 9RX proved to be a drawcard, as did the dealer’s display of harvesters and sprayers.
Long-time field days exhibitor Burando Hill was also recognised for its display of agricultural products, with the business winning the Light Industry Display Award.
Wickepin stud Lewisdale won the Best Stud Stock Display Award, while RAC was recognised for its virtual reality rescue helicopter experience.
Hose Patch won the New Release Award for its in-field hydraulic hose repair clamps, and judges selected All Roads Transport for the New Innovation Award based on its display of the Agboss walking floor trailer.
The Marketing and Financial Services Display Award went to Summit Fertilizers, which had its latest field research on display.
Rocks Gone won the Farm Inventor Award for its Reefinator RGV300, a reef rock crushing machine designed to transform shallow rocky ground into workable soil. The machine was designed by Tim Pannell, who farmed in Yuna before establishing Rocks Gone with his family, and is manufactured by Cutts Engineering.
The Best Family Interest Display Award was won by Bouquets Australia, which specialises in silk flower bridal bouquets.
Heavy Industry Display Award: Afgri. Afgri representatives Graham Ives, Mat Chambers, Greg Champion, Kaycee Yeates, Victor Wellstead, Timothy Roberts, Ray Trinder, Graham Nelson and Ken Paolini.
Marketing and Financial Services Display Award, sponsored by RSM Australia: RSM Australia agribusiness director Geoff Hall and Summit Fertilizers southern regional manager Gary Lewis.
New Innovation Award, sponsored by 4Farmers: AllRoads Transport Engineers’ Rose and Mitchell Spaanderman with 4Farmers general manager Neil Mortimore.
New Release Award, sponsored by Triple M: Hose Patch owner Rob Auld and Triple M's Allan Aldworth.