El­more field days wrap up

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - FRONT PAGE -

IT was an­other mas­sive cou­ple of days when the El­more Field Days kicked off for 2018.

Blessed with cooler tem­per­a­tures – al­though no rain – the three day event was a stand­out suc­cess.

From shear­ing demon­stra­tions to give- away ride- on mow­ers, there was some­thing for ev­ery­one.

Bur­der Ag At­tach­ments, from Wan­garatta, won the Im­ported Ma­chine of the Year award with the Cana­dian An­der­son RBM 2000, the first self-load­ing bale mover.

The RBM2000 has the po­ten­tial to work 1.4 times faster than the tra­di­tional two-per­son, two-ma­chine com­bi­na­tion. Echuca Ru­ral re­ceived an honourable men­tion for the en­try of the Mor­ris Quan­tum Air Drill.

KAN­GA­ROOS KEEP OUT: Hamish Burr, demon­strat­ing Gal­lagher’s pest ex­clu­sion fence, much to the in­ter­est of farm­ers pass­ing by.

IN THE KNOW: Justin Brown, ter­ri­tory man­ager with Gal­lagher, was on hand to ad­vise farm­ers about all the lat­est in­no­va­tions from his com­pany – from au­to­matic draft­ing gates to pest ex­clu­sion fenc­ing.

KEEP­ING IT IN THE FAM­ILY: Ger­ald Kemp, with grand­son Toby, at the El­more Field Days. The Kemp fam­ily op­er­ate a mixed op­er­a­tion - sheep, cat­tle, pigs and ce­re­als – out of Birchip.

STEAM EN­THU­SI­AST: John Sparks with his 4.5 scale Fo­den Steam Truck, which the Fo­den com­pany first pro­duced 9 (in nor­mal size) af­ter the turn of the 20th cen­tury.

GREEN­HOUSE KING: Michael Reyne from Sproutwell Green­houses.

SIGN UP: Machines4u.com.au were a large pres­ence at the field days, giv­ing away free list­ings on their web­site along with of­fer­ing um­brel­las, bot­tle open­ers and – ev­ery kid’s favourite – in­flat­able ham­mers. Pic­tured is Zach Burton.

READY TO SELL: Keith Soar from Easy Re­lief Tools.

CRAZY ABOUT WEEDS: Dave Thorne is the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion in his fam­ily to run Weed Wacka af­ter his dad in­vented the Aus­tralian de­signed and made prod­uct some 20 years ago.

SO CUTE: Joshua Guiniey from Rochester.

BIG WEEK: Ade­laide Gage headed to the El­more Field Days, with her par­ents in tow, af­ter spend­ing a hec­tic week­end at the Deni Ute Muster.

LAVEN­DER POWER: Prov­ing that not all men pre­fer to drive a white big rig, this un­usual coloured truck was a crowd pleaser dur­ing the El­more Field Days.

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