Chris Bartlett

Welcome to the 58th annual Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

On behalf of the WMFD committee and staff, I hope you have an enjoy full and productive time attending this year’s 2020 Field Days.

The twilight event on Tuesday will be on again for a second year which will include a Tractor Pull with local football teams pulling a tractor.  We have developed the Ag Futures pavilion with seminars presenting modern technology and digital farming available to the agricultural industry.  Concluding Thursday with a Machinery Auction ran by Elders. An opportunity for exhibiters to auction their stock.

The 2019 season and recent harvest has been quite favourable for the agriculture sector in the Wimmera Mallee region unlike our Northern neighbours. A lot of grain and hay was produced here in Victoria which is supplying NSW and QLD. Considering the Wimmera Mallee only received average rainfall farmers were able to produce average to above average crops. This shows modern farming practices and technology responding to a variable climate.

This 3-day event presents the site for exhibitors to showcase the latest farming innovations and technology from not only Australia but from around the globe. It is not limited to just this as we also have other areas including finance, industries that support agriculture, lifestyle and merchandise just to name a few. This all adds up to a great day to socialise with family and friends.

The committee, staff and their families are a dedicated, passionate team who tirelessly work throughout the year to improve our facilities for not only this event but also other events which are held on this site throughout the year under the banner of the Wimmera Events Centre.

As well as the committee, there are many volunteers and community organizations that play a vital part in running this event. I sincerely thank them for their contribution.

We appreciate all our exhibitors and sponsors for their support again this year, without them we wouldn’t have such a successful event. The Field Days also helps nurture our younger generation of agriculture and regional industry that contribute to our economy.

Once again on behalf of the WMFD committee and staff, I welcome you to this year’s field days and hope that you enjoy your visit, safe travelling home and a profitable season ahead.

Chris Bartlett
President, Wimmera Machinery Field Days Committee