Farming began 23,000 years ago during the Stone-Age and it now sustains a world population of over six and a half billion people. The SIAFD exhibitors showcase the latest technology, equipment, machinery and ideas so Ag-technology can continue to sustain the world’s growing population while working efficiently with the latest farming advances.
The main aim of the South Island Agricultural Field Days (SIAFD) is to give farmers and others in the rural sector the opportunity to see the latest in agricultural machinery and services that are available on the market, particularly home grown products.
The Field Days is the only agricultural show in New Zealand to feature side-by-side demonstrations, with 80 - 100 tractors, headers, mowers, seed drills and other machines being put through their paces each day.
The SIAFD has been running every second year since 1951 when it was held at Motukarara. Nowadays the event attracts between 20,000 and 25,000 visitors over the course of three days. The SIAFD is a non-profit Incorporated Society, run by volunteers, except the secretary, who are all farmers or work in the agricultural field any money made is in reinvested back into the local community through scholarships and grants.
Who: South Island Agricultural Field Days
What: To give farmers, general public and others in the rural sector the opportunity to see the latest in agricultural machinery and services that are available on the market
Where: 1191 Courtenay Road, Kirwee located 25 minutes west of Christchurch Airport in Canterbury
When: 29-31 March 2017
Price: $15 per person, Under 15s are free.
The Agri-Innovation Award:
The 2017 SIAFD Agri-Innovation Award seeks to award New Zealand-made innovation or invention that provide benefit to the farmer and includes machinery, implements or attachments, or tools for use in agriculture or other forms of primary production. The award winners gain considerable prestige and publicity and they may use the award in their marketing.
A cash prize of $2,500 will be awarded to the winner of the 2017 SIAFD Agri-Innovation Award.
Award winners will be announced at the Bar (next to Catering Tent) at 4:30pm on Wednesday 29 March 2017.
The Best Comparative Demonstration Award:
A prize of $500 for the best-run demonstration and commentary will be award by the SIAFD committee. Safety and timing will be taken into account for the best performance. Demonstrations over the three days are a variety of tractors and implements ranging from ploughing, baling, seed drilling and everything in-between.
The Phil Van Klundert Memorial Trophy for the Best Demonstration will be announced at the Bar (next to Catering Tent) at 3:30pm on Friday 31 March 2017.
Best Site Award:
There will be a prize for the best large and best small site. These awards are made to encourage exhibitors to erect stands that achieve the aims of the SIAFD, i.e. the effective promotion and sale of machinery, services and/or products. The winning sites will be those that attract a large number of genuine enquires, are active stands with demonstrations likely to attract attention, and are tidy and staffed efficiently.
The Best Site Awards will be announced at the Catering Tent at 10pm on Friday 31 March 2017.