TODAY is the opening day of the Commonwealth Bank AgQuip at Gunnedah – the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest field days experience, held over three days.
Rural Press Events general manager Barry Harley said yesterday’s final preparations had revealed a huge sense of optimism from exhibitors – which was a surprise, considering the federal election was looming.
“There’s an energy. It’s been a very, very busy day, which is reflecting the size of the event ... a great final set-up day which we hope will feed into a very powerful event,” Mr Harley said.
The event, now in its 41st year, will show off more than 3000 company products and services to about 100,000 visitors.
For the first time ever, a contingent of 14 Chinese companies is attending.
Mr Harley said the most number of international exhibitors ever at AgQuip was present – from countries including Argentina, Holland, India, Italy, the UK and the US.
AgQuip is renowned as the launching pad for new, innovative agricultural products in Australia.
It’s also where you can stand eating a top-grade steak sandwich while looking at a pen of the breed you are eating.
This year also marks the first time a free AgQuip phone app is available, with a fully searchable and updatable exhibitor list and built-in site maps – go to the Apple store or Google Play.
Claas will kick off its centenary celebrations with the Aussie launch of its new Axion 900 series of broadacre farming tractors.
The first day is traditionally when farmers and their families hit the massive 26-hectare AgQuip site on the western outskirts of Gunnedah.
Today, events include world champion axeman David Foster appearing at the Castrol stand at 10am.
The Nationals barbecue will be at noon.
Each day at 9am, the Volkswagen Commercial four-wheel-drive demonstration will occur.
Also every day, two-time Golden Pliers winner Neville Prince will do several demonstrations at the Waratah Fencing Products stand.
Tomorrow, politicians such as NSW Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson will be at AgQuip as the winners of various agricultural competitions and scholarships are announced.
Tomorrow, the winner of The Land and NSW Farmers’ Inventor of the Year will be made at 1pm, with the winner of the Brownhill Cup, in recognition of sustainable and innovative farm management practices, lauded at 2.30pm.