The Feature Exhibit for 2014 - "Agriculture - the way it used to be"
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
The Working Dog trial will be run over the three days and takes place at the western end of Central Avenue.
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 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.
- Livestock - activities with cattle, goats and lambs
- 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!
- Fruit - comparing varieties of apples
- Beekeeping - get all the buzz about bees
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 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 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".
ORANGE CITY COUNCIL ANFD Art Competition & SALE
We welcome Orange City Council as the major sponsor of the 2014 Art Competition. The theme for the 2014 is "Year of the Farming Family". The paintings are displayed at the Field Days in the Whiteley Pavilion on all three days and are offered for sale during that time. Judging of the paintings take place prior to the event and the winners announced at the official cocktail function on the Tuesday evening before the main event. Packing Room and Peoples Choice prizes are also awarded.