Poll Dorset—The Ultimate Prime Lamb Sire Breed
The Australian Poll Dorset Association is offering a comprehensive educational experience for the lamb producer, highlighting the benefits of Poll Dorsets from the paddock to the plate. As feature exhibit for the 2013 field days, The Australian Poll Dorset Association will be provide a wide range of demonstrations, talks, displays and competitions to provide practical information for the lamb producer through to the consumer and show that at all stages Poll Dorsets are the ultimate prime lamb sire.
Visitors to the Poll Dorset feature exhibit will be able to be part of the paddock to plate experience through:
Display of Poll Dorset sheep and Poll Dorset sired lambs
Talks by industry professionals on topics that have a direct link to prime lamb production and will be of interest to anyone involved with sheep production. These talks will include ram selection and ram health, animal health, sheep nutrition, meat assessor and butcher carcase requirements, what downs wool is used for and consumer taste preferences.
A butcher demonstrating how to break down a lamb carcass, and Masterchef winner Kate Bracks demonstrating ways to cook the lamb, which then will be available for public tasting.
A junior judging competition, with sections for secondary school age and 18-25 years.
The display will demonstrate why Poll Dorsets excel in high growth rates, outstanding muscling, ideal fat to muscle ratios, outstanding muscle conformation and earlier maturity. They are Progressive, Productive and Profitable.
The Australian Poll Dorset Association’s feature exhibit will be located both inside the Trevor Elliot Pavillion and on the lawn in front.
A Shuttle bus will leave the Visitors Information Centre in Byng Street, Orange at 9.30am daily and run continuously until 4.30pm to the blue Carpark Gate during the 3 days of the event.
NAB Awards of Excellence
Judged and presented at the Australian National Field Days, the NAB Agribussiness Award of Excellence recognises advances in technology, design and manufacture of agricultural equipment. All manufacturers are encouraged to attend and successful entries benefit from promotion at the Field Days and media exposure afterwards.
This is a non-competitive award and entries are assessed on a variety of criteria, including innovation, application to Australian agriculture, standard of design and engineering, safety, value for money, and ease of use. Multiple awards can be given and the successful entrant(s) will be presented with their award during the Field Days.
For Entry forms contact the office.
NAB Agribusiness Awards of Excellence WINNERS for 2013
National Stockyards Systems with a Headmaster Headbail.
Red River Stockyards with a raised sheep drench race with drop down panels.
Valton Feeding Solutions with a portable feeder.
Pedigree Working Dog Trial
The Pedigree Classic Utility trial will be run over the three days and takes place at the western end of Central Avenue.
Winners for 2013
1st Greg Prince with Debbie
2nd Greg Prince with Timmy
3rd Kevin Howell with Rambo
4th Nigel Brazier with Taylor
5th John White with Luke
Demonstrations in haymaking and tillage are a popular at the Australian National Field Days. A dedicated, five hectare demonstration paddock is planted out each year to provide ideal forage for mowing, raking, baling and handling demonstrations.
EDUCATION ACTIVITES FOR SCHOOLS
The Education Centre providing a great hands on learning experience for students is this year located in the southern end of the Trevor Elliott Pavilion (TEP). Experienced farmers, livestock producers and agronomists will offer instant feedback for students and answer questions. Participate in the schools learning program and students will have the opportunity to put their name into a draw to win an "iPad mini".
- Livestock - focus on meat cuts of cattle and goat production
- Grains - identifying grains, what they are used for and nutritional benefits
- Plants - including legumes, grasses and a wide variety of weeds - identifying these is an interesting challenge for not only the students!
- Fibre - analysing and identifying a varieties of fleeces from sheep, goats and alpacas.
- Apples - identify the varieties that are grown locally
- Poultry - several breeds on show for you to compare
Beyond the schools area there are over 500 exhibitors covering a wide range of agricultural products and services with some exhibitors providing their own demonstrations.
Other activities the Australian Poll Dorset Association sheep breed ANFD Feature Exhibit is located in the northern section of the Trevor Elliott Pavilion. See the ANFD Wether Trial sheep at the sheep activity centre, the cattle pavilion, sheep dog trials, the latest in machinery design and technology, machinery demonstrations, pasture trial plots, the reptiles display at the Rural Fire Service Association site, test your fishing skills over at the dam and visit the art competition and exhibition.
For group concessions and prepaid tickets for schools, contact the office at least 2 weeks prior.
IDENTIFYING PLANTS - test your knowlege!
Located in the Education Centre at the southern end of the Trevor Elliott Pavilion a wide range of over 60 plants will be on display. Test your knowledge and learn. Participate in the competiton to name the "mystery plants" and you will have a chance to win an "iPad mini". Bring along any plant (in a plastic bag) that you would like the experienced team of agronomists to identify for you.
ORANGE CITY COUNCIL ANFD Art Competition & SALE
We welcome Orange City Council as the major sponsor of the 2013 Art competition at this year ANFD. The theme for the 2013 event is "Our Land, Our Farmers". The paintings are displayed at the Field Days in the James Hardie Theatrette on all three days and are offered for sale during that time. Judging of the paintings take place and the winners announced at an official cocktail on the Saturday evening before the main event during the following week. Packing Room and Peoples Choice prizes are also awarded.
2013 WINNERS - "Oue Land, Our Farmers"
1st Prize Trish Davis - "Done & Dusted"
2nd Prize David Barry Smith - "Kanimbla Valley Muster"
3rd Prize Len Banks - "Resting behind the shed"
Young Artist Award 12 years and over - Milly Kay
Young Artist Award under 11 year - Tye Fitzsimmons
Packers Prize David Barry Smith - "The Ploughman"
Popular Choice - come and vote for your favourite painting during the event.