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Innovation in the spotlight at South Island Field Days

25/02/2015
The growing popularity of South Island Agricultural Field Days (SIAFD) has led to higher than ever interest in the Agri-Innovation Awards.

The Agri-Innovation Awards will be judged at the Field Days, which take place from March 25th-27th at the new Kirwee site. The Kirwee site is larger and has a better layout than the previous site near Lincoln University so it can accommodate more exhibitors.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy will open the event on Wednesday March 25th, while Selwyn MP Amy Adams will attend the following day.

SIAFD organising committee member Daniel Schat says the larger number of entries in the Agri-Innovation Awards which reflects the growth of the event. About 450 exhibitors will take part in the field days, up from about 300 last year.

"This growth has also led to an increase in interest in the Agri-Innovation Awards, which is a sign that our economy is still pushing forward," Daniel says.

Entries in the Agri-Innovation awards give entrants a chance to demonstrate their inventions and technological innovations. Past entries in the awards have ranged from a small component that fits on motorbikes to major pieces of farm machinery.

There are three categories within the Agri-Innovation Awards competition. One is New Zealand-made farm machinery. The entrants in this category include Canterbury engineering firm Robertson Manufacturing, which will be located on site 262 and is entering its Little Ripper two-bale feeder.

Within the Farm Aids and Farm Inventions category, Fertigation Systems on site 123 is entering a fertigation pump, Richard Miles Engineering on site 826 is entering a milk transfer trailer, and Te Pari Products on site 440 is entering an electronic drench gun.

Within the Imported Farm Machinery category, Mountpanther NZ on site 760 is entering a Slurryquip effluent umbilical system and Kelly Engineering on site 731 is entering a 6.0m harrow.

SIAFD has purchased 40 hectares of land on Courtenay Road near Kirwee to serve as a permanent venue for the field days. The Field Days were at their previous leased site near Lincoln University for the past 32 years.

Daniel Schat says the new rectangle block at Kirwee is a better shape than the former site in Lincoln and should be easier for exhibitors to work with. Public entry into the event will also be easier and more logical.

SIAFD usually attracts about 25,000 visitors over the three days, although the committee is hoping the larger site and new location will result in even more coming through the gate.

For further information contact us on 03 318 1845 or info [at] siafd.co.nz.

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