Fieldays another triumph
Thursday, 21 June 2012
Bush hats and novelty hats, gumboots and stock crops were out in force at this year’s New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays during which brilliant sunshine meant little mud but cold starts to each day.
| Appealing alpacas. |
The weather was at least partly responsible for the boost in attendance with first day numbers up 2.3 per cent on last year. On day three numbers were up 10.4 percent and by the end of day three nearly 100,000 people had passed through the gates.
A highlight of the farming calendar, this year’s Mystery Creek show did not disappoint.
Exhibition sites bustled with farmers and many others keen to see the new and the improved.
This year’s Premier Feature ‘The Changing Face of Farming’, set the tone for a range of exhibits based on
addressing the changing land ownership model in New Zealand; succession planning, sustainability, governance, the role of women in farming and career pathways.
| John Key checks out Jasmine Creighton's pigtail transporter. |
The Innovation Centre, powered by the University of Waikato, was the showcase for the best industry developments and inventions to improve New Zealand farming practices.
Once again it proved to be a melting pot of talent showing the inventiveness of New Zealanders which today is far advanced on the No 8 wire mentality for which they are renowned.
The competition also showed that age has no bounds when it comes to innovation. Not when a 12-year-old’s school science fair project can take out the Young Inventor of the Year award. Jasmine Creighton’s Pigtail Transporter clearly impressed the judges. The transporter carries 50 pigtail standards and up to four electric fence reels and is designed to be pulled along manually. Jasmine invented it for herself because she could not carry many standards and had to put them all down while she pushed one into the ground.
The judges commended her clever approach to a simple problem and the impressive research she had undertaken.
One of the most popular Fieldays events is the Ag Art Wear competition and yet again the 2012 show was a visual feast of creativity inspired by all things rural. Judges looked for distinctive and contemporary designs which incorporated unique innovation with rural materials.
| NZ Landcare Awareness Category winner Korari in the Ag Art Wear competition. |
The 2012 winners were:
NZ Landcare Awareness Category
Winner – “Korari” designed by Jazmine Teei
2nd – “Free Range” by Nga Puti Puti O Te Roopu Raranga
3rd – “Toku Whaea (My Mother)” by Tracey Brown
Winner – “Eggy Peggy” designed by Joanne Bowe
2nd – “Shotgun Wedding” by Sharon Bryant
3rd – “Tama Taua” by Nga Puti Puti O Te Roopu Raranga
Avant Garde Under 21
Winner – “Ikran” designed by Tessa Paaymans
2nd – “Tough as Nails” by Alle Peterkin
3rd – “Warped” by Lisa Theron
Winner – “Maui (Not for Sale)” designed by Kerry Trent Ranginui
2nd – “ICU – Independent Calf Unit” by the Team at Shoof International on site F21 and F23
3rd – “Carousal of Curiously Crafted Construction” by Kimberly Baars