The Feature Exhibit for 2015 - "eFarm"
Each year new forms of technology and products makes their way to the markets, each trying to find its own niche of making the job of farming easier, more efficient, more profitable or just plain more exciting. The feature exhibit for 2015 will be looking at new technologies that are changing how we farm.
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.
Working Dog Trial
On behalf of the Australian National Field Days (ANFD) we invite you to participate in the NSW Sheepdog Workers Incorporated and Australian National Field Days Three Sheep Trial we will be hosting at this year’s Field Days. The heats will be run on Thursday and Friday and the top 10 dogs on Saturday morning in the Semi Final and top 5 dogs in the final on Saturday afternoon.
Prize money and trophies will be offered for placegetters in the Trial, distributed as follows:
1st - $500 + trophy; 2nd - $300 + trophy; 3rd - $100 + trophy; 4th - Prize 5th - Prize
When nominating to be a Worker, we ask that you nominate your dogs in running order. A nomination fee of $15.00 will apply for each dog entered. Rules for the Three Sheep trial will in accordance with the Rules of NSW Sheepdog Workers Incorporated and will be a 15 minute trial. There will be disqualification from the Judge or voluntary retirement for out of control trialling.
Please advise your acceptance by completing the enclosed Entry Form for the event and returning the form to the Field Days office by Friday 2nd October 2015. A final list of dogs participating will be issued to all Workers, as soon as possible after the nomination closing date along with entrance tickets.
This trial is an open event, if you know of any other person who may be interested in attending please don't hesitate to phone me on 02 63621588. We look forward to welcoming you to the Field Days in October.
Demonstrations in haymaking and tillage are a popular attraction 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 area dedicated to youth in agriculture at the 2015 event will be located in the Trevor Elliott Pavilion
The ANFD Education Committee members plan activities to provide the opportunity for an interactive learning experience for students with “hands on” activities and instant feedback from experienced livestock producers and agronomists.
- Livestock - activities with cattle, goats and sheep
- Grains - identifying grains, what they are used for and nutritional benefits
- Plants - identifying legumes, grasses and a wide variety of weeds
- Poultry - chook washing demonstrations as well as education talks about breeds and incubation
- Beekeeping – get all the buzz about bees
Educational Resource Workbook
In early October, a workbook is made available (sent out by email) to assist teachers in providing education outcomes for the students. The booklet is suitable for junior secondary students and encourages them to “explore” the whole site, ask questions and find the answers in sections of the event such as the sheep activity centre (this year includes the ANFD Wether Trial competition sheep), cattle pavilion, alpaca exhibition, sheep dog trials, machinery demonstrations, art competition, the special feature exhibit “eFarm” along with activities provided by exhibitors. Trace the Australian sheep industry from the Macarthurs to the soft rolling skins and through to the development of fleece shedding meat sheep. The workbook also highlights the latest in machinery design and technology displayed by individual exhibitors.
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 competition to name the "mystery plants".
RURAL Art Competition & SALE
The paintings are displayed at the Field Days in the Bert Whiteley Pavilion on all three days and are offered for sale during that time. Judging of the art work takes place prior to the event. Visitors are able to cast their vote for the Peoples Choice Award.
This year for the first time we welcome Ted Lewis as a guest Artist who will display approximately 50 paintings in the studio part of the Bert Whiteley Pavilion. Ted will also be demonstrating his technique as well as having paintings for sale.