Event: South Island Agricultural Field Days

By: Lisa Potter, Photography by: Justin Bennett

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The Deals on Wheels team captured the event of the most recent South Island Agricultural Field Day

All Black Sam Whitelock wasn’t the only star of the show at the recent South Island Agricultural Field Days at Kirwee. The latest forestry, construction, and agricultural machines were also showcased across the 21-hectare site, along with new innovations from around the globe and here at home.

Having grown from an event that started as a machinery sale 70 years ago—a fundraiser for the local Young Farmers Club— the SIAFD now attracts an audience of more than 25,000, of contractors, farmers, and visitors keen to see machinery in person.

Also popular is the opportunity to view an impressive range of machinery in action across the pre-prepared Demonstration area, which included crops ready for harvesting and ground for cultivating.

Site awards provided keen competition among the exhibitors, with this year’s Best Overall Site going to Alpine Buildings for its 230sqm clear span shed, taking the top award from more than 600 sites.

Polaris picked up the Best Big Site award after impressing crowds with its all-terrain course where off-road Polaris vehicles were put through their paces and proved a crowd-pleaser.

Christchurch-based planning and surveying company Survus Consultants scooped the Best Small Site award. The SIAFD is held every second year at Kirwee and continues to enjoy strong support from the sector.

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