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Selwyn Times: April 07, 2017

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42 selwyn district residents' guide 2017 The 2017 South Island Agricultural Field Days (SIAFD), which took place from March 29-31, attracted a large crowd keen to see what the 600-plus exhibitors were showing. The largest agricultural event in the South Island, it is held on alternate years between Southland and Canterbury and is run by volunteers, who are proud of its status as New Zealand’s premier demonstration Field Days. SIAFD media spokesperson Daniel Schat said machinery demonstrations were always a big part of the event. “Because we are just 20 minutes from Christchurch airport, we offer farmers and contractors throughout New Zealand an inexpensive way to check out and compare the latest gear,” he said. For this year’s event there were good crops of maize, fodder beat, pasture and oats ready for the harvest machinery. Cultivation and seeding machinery was also in action. AWAITING COPY Ad Number: LE8275-V2 Artwork: LE8275 Size: 6.4x2 Description: MCCARTHY CONTRACTING LTD Account: Rural /Agriculture pages Colour: F Filename: LE8275 Mowing • Baling • Wrapping • Cartage Ag Spreading • Ploughing • Cultivation & Drilling Hay & Straw Sales • Ag Plastic Recycling Field Days draw enthusiastic crowds A new section for 2017 was the lifestyle section with exhibits the whole family could enjoy. Fifty exhibitors displayed products ranging from model trains and spa pools to dog control systems and solar water and power units. Other special events at SIAFD included Farm Trader magazine’s Top Tractor Shootout 2017. This compared variable transmission tractors made by the world’s leading brands, with judges testing the tractors on a range of criteria including performance and affordability. Two fencing competitions were held during the Field Days, as well as the Agri-Innovation awards, which recognise New Zealand-made innovations or inventions. These could include implements, attachments or tools used in agriculture or other types of primary production, with entrants demonstrating their inventions. SIAFD chairman Rodney Hadfield said there was innovation mixed with tradition at the Field Days. “While the SIAFD have grown, evolved and moved with the time, we have stayed true to the aims we began with, in 1951 – to promote ingenuity and innovation and to provide farmers with an opportunity to view comparative demonstrations so they can make informed choices before purchasing machinery and equipment,” said Mr Hadfield. SIAFD is a non-profit organisation made up of farmers and others in the agricultural industry. The Field Days would not be possible without the work of volunteers and community groups and Friends of the Field Days, who donated equipment and services, he said. The event was a good community fundraising opportunity for local schools and Young Farmers, who helped with parking, running the tills and the entrance, and clean-up. Th ma bro enj All and for fas to w the Par Art cre dis Art Foo peo far The mo Sho day U E C C B M

selwyn district residents' guide 2017 43 ts ns ia n or , Celebrating rural life The attractions of a rural lifestyle are the mainstay for many residents of the Selwyn District – attractions that are brought together every year for locals and townies alike to enjoy at the district’s annual A&P shows. All types of animal, from cattle, to sheep, horses to alpaca, and more can be seen at the shows – a great opportunity for youngsters especially to get a close-up look at these fascinating creatures, while the breeders get the chance to win prizes for their stock. And of course the highlight of the day, where the champions can be admired, is the Grand Parade. Arts and crafts are another aspect of the shows that always create interest, with talented artists and craftspeople displaying and selling their best works, while the Wearable Arts competition is another take on artistic skills. Food displays and demonstrations draw the crowds too, with people enjoying the chance to taste some delicious country fare. The planning and organising is going on through the winter months so everything is ready for when the gates open on Show Day. So make a note of the dates and make a family day of it at your local A&P Show. Upcoming A&P Shows Ellesmere A&P Show –14 October, Leeston Canterbury A&P Show – 15-17 November, Christchurch Courtenay A&P Show – 25 November, Kirwee Banks Peninsula – 20 January 2018, Little River Malvern A&P Show – 24 March 2018, Sheffield AWAITING COPY Ad Number: LE11659 Artwork: LE11659 Size: 13.5x2 Description: PUMPS & FILTERS CANTERBURY LTD Account: agriculture/trades Canterbury & Ltd Building Colour: F Filename: LE11659 • Pipes, valves, fittings sales • Filtration supply and installation • Pump service, repairs and maintenance • Bore flush and development • Bore pump sales, servicing and maintenance • Quotations for water system designs and water testing • We also sell, service and repair most pump brands including sewage pumps Sales and service | After hours service call Jason 021 649 944 or Mike 021 560 044 0800 GRUNDFOS / 0800 478 633 www.pumps-filters.co.nz