KATRINA HODGkinson MP
Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson dropped by to see us at the Careers in Agriculture Expo at the 2012 Sydney Royal Easter Show. Minister Hodgkinson will be one of the Official guest at this year Australian National Field Days.
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. A gold coin donation is to made to the Waratah Sports Club.
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 2012
Tru Test Pty Ltd with the Prattley 2-way Electric Drafter.
FMR Group with the Spray Pro R Series Vineyard Sprayer.
THE LAND MACHINE OF THE YEAR
Win $2000 worth of advertising in The Land plus a trophy. The Land Newspaper presents this award to the machine considered to have made the most significant contribution to agriculture during the previous year. Judging for all Awards takes place on Tues 16 October, with the successful entrants being presented with their Awards at a presentation during the ANFD.
The Land Machine of the Year WINNER for 2012
Agrowplow with the AS 3000 Agrowsow.
Pedigree Working Dog Trial
The Pedigree Classic Utility trial was run over three days and took place at the western end of Central Avenue.
1st Place Kevin Howell with Karana Abba
2nd Place Kevin Howell with Karana Sami
3rd Place Andrew Heath with Te Rata Banjo
1st Place Michael Ryan with Karana Monte
2nd Place Matt Fletcher with Belrieve Gracie
3rd Place Dan Toyton with Sally
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 centrally located schools area (corner of Central Avenue and J Street) provides the opportunity for an interactive learning experience for students with "hands on" activities and instant feedback from experienced livestock producers and agronomists.
- Livestock - focus on meat cuts and the markets for sheep, cattle and pigs
- 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 wool fleeces
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.
The Feature Exhibit, "Mining Unearthed: Exploring Cadia Valley Operations", will take students through the mining cycle - from exploration, the government approvals process, through mining and processing, to mine closure. It will cover environment performance, social responsibilities and keeping people safe.
Other activities include the sheep activity centre, cattle pavilion, helicoptors, sheep dog trials, the latest in machinery design and technology, machinery demonstrations, pasture trial plots and an art competition and exhibition.
This year we welcome Orange City Council as a major sponsor of the Education Centre.
For group concessionsand prepaid tickets for schools, contact the office.
ORANGE CITY COUNCIL ANFD Art Competition & SALE
We welcome Orange City Council as the major sponsor of the 2012 Art competition at this year ANFD. The theme for the 2012 event is "Living and Working on the Land". 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.
1st Prize Nikki Burns - "Three of a kind"
2nd Prize Kafalin Nagy - "Friendly Chooks"
3rd Prize Jacky Burns - "Stockhorse in Training"
Young Artist Award 12 years and over - Kaluumn Lee Maple
Young Artist Award under 11 year - Tye Fitzsimmons
Art Society Encouragement Award - Kay Gorringe
Packers Prize David Lake - "Threat of Rain"
Popular Choice Mary Nixon - "He sees a vision splendid"