Wimmera Machinery Field Days site full

THE Wimmera Machinery Field Days site at Longerenong is full.

Manager Murray Wilson said the committee had to turn away last-minute exhibitors because of lack of space.

The three-day event starts on Tuesday and continues until Thursday.

“We have 1000 sites booked and we don’t like to knock people back, but it happens,” Mr Wilson said.

“We have a company from the Netherlands this year which is bringing specialised sprayers.

“It just goes to show the strength of agriculture in the region and the importance of the event in the industry.

“We have international companies each year and it’s a great way to present the Wimmera on a world-wide stage.”

New to the field days this year will be highland cows on display.

The cows belong to McKenzie Creek farmer Neville McIntyre.

Mr Wilson said it was a way to showcase different types of animals.

“We have stud sheep and working dogs, but this year we have highland cows as well,” he said.

“Anyone who hasn’t seen these cows from Scotland should come and have a look.”

Mr McIntyre said he would take a bull and a cow to the field days.

“It is something different,” he said.

“I wanted to take the calf as well, but it is only a few months old.”

Committee members and volunteers have been working at the site during the past few weeks to get everything ready for the field days.

“The site has completely transformed now and it looks like a satellite city,” Mr Wilson.

“We have been busy unloading machinery – there is some pretty impressive stuff.

“The marquee companies have come in as well to set up.”

Mr Wilson said the smaller indoor exhibitors would start arriving on Monday.

“They will come in and occupy the indoor sites – we have about 200 indoor sites,” he said.

Mr Wilson said nice weather was forecast for the event. 

“It’s good when it’s not too hot or windy or cold,” he said.

“There is a lot of optimism among the exhibitors – they put in a lot of effort to showcase their products.

“We also have exciting things happening each day.”

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