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.

Pho­tos avail­able at west­

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.

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