As the year draws to a close, here are the remaining Agricultural and Rural Field Day event highlights for 2018 as well as a sneak peek into 2019.
ProAg Field Days WHAT: Held over two days in early November, this year’s ProAg will once again be held at the Macksville Showgrounds in Macksville, NSW. With its first show back in 1984, this long-running event is expected to attract thousands of visitors to view the offerings of over 100 agricultural and general interest companies on-site.
WHEN: November 2-3
MORE INFO: www.fairfaxruralevents.com.au/proag/home
EIMA WHAT: Taking place in Bologna, Italy, EIMA – the International Agricultural and Gardening Machinery Exhibition – is a biennial event that showcases manufacturing industries from around the world. Theme salons will focus on the areas of: agricultural mechanical engineering; use of renewable energy resources of agricultural and forestry; irrigation and water management; multifunctionality in agriculture; and gardening. There will also be focus areas concentrating on topics like advanced electronics, such as drones and sensors, and a new technology competition.
WHEN: November 7-11
MORE INFO: www.eima.it/en/index.php
Dungog Show WHAT: NSW’s Dungog Agricultural and Horticultural Show will be in its 125th year this year. With cattle displays, camel racing, a fence post splitting competition, dachshund dash and demolition derby, it’s going to be a packed couple of days!
WHEN: November 9-10
MORE INFO: www.dungogshow.com.au
Ballarat Spring Show WHAT: The Ballarat Agricultural and Pastoral Society have been promoting agriculture in Victoria since its first event back in 1856, which saw 20 ploughmen competing in a ploughing match. From those humble beginnings has grown a sizeable three-day event with animal shows, the Rural Ambassador Awards, arts and crafts, and a dog jump competition.
WHEN: November 9-11
MORE INFO: www.ballaratshow.org.au
EuroTier WHAT: Taking place in Hannover, Germany, this year’s EuroTier will be presented under the guiding theme ‘Digital Animal Farming’ where international know-how on the use of sensors for livestock management will be shared. Visitors to this year’s trade fair will be able to find out how sensors and control units can be networked to keep multiple interacting parameters within their ideal ranges to produce the best climate and lighting for any livestock species.
WHEN: November 13-16
MORE INFO: www.eurotier.com
Noorat Show WHAT: Held at the Noorat Recreation Reserve in Noorat, Victoria, the annual Noorat Show promotes agricultural and industrial progress in the heart of dairy country. Billed as a Family Fun Show, there will be livestock judging, local produce, horse riding, a show and shine competition (including dirtiest ute!) and a homecraft pavilion. WHEN: November 17
MORE INFO: www.nooratshow.org.au
GFIA in focus WHAT: Held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre this is the first event in Australia for the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture. Two exhibitions will run concurrently
– one presenting solutions in controlled environments and protected cropping, and the other showcasing products for the precision agriculture and smart farming sector.
WHEN: November 27-28
MORE INFO: www.gfiainfocus.com
Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival WHAT: This one-day event in the West Australian town of Manjimup aims to celebrate the local horticultural industry of the Southern Forests. Events include wine tasting, a log chopping competition, and a food avenue of the finest produce the area has to offer.
WHEN: December 8
MORE INFO: www.cherryfestival.com.au
IDW Australia WHAT: Australia’s International Dairy Week, held in Tatura Park, Victoria, is a forum to showcase the latest developments in Australian dairy cattle, farming practices, dairy knowledge, breeding and genetics, machinery, equipment and technology, environmental management and services. Held during the third week of January each year, IDW is the place to be for all dairy farmers, breeders, producers, companies, organisations and others operating within the dairy industry.
WHEN: January 20-24 MORE INFO: http://internationaldairyweek.com.au