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Tractor Shoot Out among leading attractions at new look South Island Field Days

11/03/2015
Getting in and out of the 2015 South Island Agricultural Field Days (SIAFD) should be quicker and easier than it has been in the past.

The Field Days take place from March 25th to 27th. They will be held for the first time on a large new site in Courtenay Road, Kirwee after 32 years at its previous location near Lincoln University.

The Field Days will open at 8am each day and will close at 5pm, and all routes into the event will be sign posted for easy traffic flow.

Tickets are $15 per person per day with children under 15 admitted free. Dogs are not permitted, with the exception of guide dogs.

Traffic coming from the south will turn into Telegraph Road before Burnham and then into Courtenay Road. Traffic coming from Christchurch and Darfield will head towards Kirwee and follow the signs to the site on Courtenay Road.

There are two vehicle entry-exit points into the event site. The site has been designed to minimise walking from the carpark to each of the four entrance gates. There is no separate exhibitors’ carpark, and no vehicles will be allowed on site during the event.

SIAFD offers the farming public an opportunity to view the latest in agricultural developments in practical working conditions and static displays.

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

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. Entry into the event will also be easier and more logical. The previous site was a triangle, which meant exhibitors in the far corners were sometimes overlooked by visitors.

The main attraction of the field days is the machinery demonstrations. They will include the Tractor Shoot Out, a competition that involves tractors from 120hp to 150hp performing a series of tests and practical tasks, such as hooking up equipment. Judges from New Zealand and Australia will evaluate their performance along with other factors, including cab comfort and layout.

A new fencing demonstration is also expected to be a big attraction. The ‘Battle of the Bangers’ is an inaugural promotional and demonstration event for New Zealand-manufactured post-driving. It is the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

The ability to see leading manufacturers’ post driver models posting together should make for a grand spectacle in the fencing demonstration area.

Rural News Group will sponsor a $250 prize for the best large site, while the SIAFD committee will provide another $250 prize for the best small site.

A $1000 prize will be awarded for the best-run demonstration and commentary, while the Agri-Innovation awards are expected to attract a high calibre of entries.

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

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

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