Thousands are expected back at Mystery Creek for Fieldays this year.
Fieldays returns to Mystery Creek, near Hamilton, from June 16 to 19, following the switch to an online only event last year due to a Covid-19 lockdown.
More than 1000 exhibitors will showcase their wares in the following categories: agribusiness, motor vehicle, dairy, agri-machinery, rural living, and heavy equipment. It is the largest agricultural event in the southern hemisphere.
Fieldays spokesperson Shannon Barclay says with a huge range of new products in areas such as cattle management, fencing, forklifts, excavators and tractors, getting back to the farm after Fieldays will be the “equivalent of a kid playing with their toys on Christmas Day”.
Highlights include an enhanced Innovation Hub, where some of the brightest minds in farming showcase their ideas for transforming agriculture and receive feedback from potential customers about further development. Visitors will see innovations in various stages of growth, from prototype, through to early and later refinements.
The dairy precinct features innovative systems for milk cooling, water filtration and effluent management, and a Health and Wellbeing hub brings together a range of health organisations to educate visitors on physical and mental health. Visitors will have the chance to get various health check-ups as they wander through interactive displays.
“Gone are the days out where the doctors were on one side of town, and your day out was inconveniently on the other,” Ms Barclay says.
Farmers seeking to get away from it all with a spot of hunting or fishing can check out the Rural Living Precinct with a selection of equipment and other durable gear designed to withstand the elements.
New this year is an Amazing Spaces exhibition, which features tiny homes suitable for guest sleepouts or farm rental accommodation. Some of the biggest feature a full-size kitchen, bedroom and lounge.
Those tiring of wandering about the displays can pop along to the Fieldays TV studio and watch a mix of content on the big screen, including guest speakers, primary sector career insights and cooking demonstrations.
Fieldays TV will be complemented by Fieldays online, where visitors to the website can watch agri-business leaders address the major issues in the industry.
There will also be a feast of demonstrations and competitions.
In the tractor pull, the boy racers of the farming world go head-to-head in demonstrations both of tractor speed and pulling power.
In the excavator competition, the country’s top digger operators complete a demanding course testing their skill and precision.
In the fencing demonstration, professional fencers showcase their latest techniques and offer free advice.
Fieldays 2019 saw 128,747 people visit the event, generating $549 million in sales revenue for New Zealand businesses.