Record crowds at Mallee Machinery Field Days: Video, Pictures

WIMMERA and Mallee farmers were able to get up to speed with the latest farm machinery and innovations at the Mallee Machinery Field Days.

Fine weather helped draw record crowds to the event on Wednesday and yesterday.

The event featured more than 300 exhibitors.

About 8000 people attended over the two days.

Field days secretary Andrew McLean said both days were fabulous.

"Crowd numbers early on were a bit light, but with the nice weather, the carpark was soon full, which indicated that numbers were up," he said.

"I don't think we've had the carpark full before. We had to get visitors to park in the exhibitor carpark."

Mr McLean said the field days were important to agricultural regions such as the Wimmera and Mallee.

"The field days started so farmers could see what was out there," he said.

"It's hard to quote how many thousands of dollars the machinery on site is worth it would be millions.

"Farmers want to know more and find out about things here in their own country."

Mallee Machinery Field Days

Mr McLean said the towns around Speed benefited significantly from the event.

"People have to travel a long distance to get to Speed so all the accommodation is booked out," he said. "People travel through lots of towns and stop for food or fuel.

"This whole week will be busy for those towns."

Birchip Cropping Group chairwoman Caroline Welsh opened the event on Wednesday afternoon.

The opening also featured plaque presentations for the best sites.

The best undercover site was Jamie's Fine Dressings, while the Royal Flying Doctor Service won best small site.

The Host Factory won the best medium site and O'Connors Case IH won best large site.

Manangatang farmer George Oliver attends the field days every year.

"I've been pretty much each year since it started," he said.

Mr Oliver grows cereals, wheat and barley.

"Most machinery here is too big for our operation I only sow about 3000 acres with my son," he said.

"But it's good to come and see everything."

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