The industry has been spoilt for ag-tech demonstrations in New South Wales over the past two months with Gunnedah’s AgQuip and the Henty Machinery Field Days (HMFD).
Both promoted the latest in technology and innovation, machinery and farm equipment, outdoors and camping products, farm produce, agronomy, country lifestyle, government and health services, agribusiness and finance services.
Just as agricultural technology has come a long way, so too have the field days.
AgQuip began in 1973 and has grown to showcase 3000 companies to more than 100,000 people over three days in August. In line with technology, maps were swapped for apps to guide patrons around the venue.
HMFD was founded as a one-day header school at the Henty showground in 1963 and now boasts 60,000 people visiting its agribusiness supermarket.
‘It’s an exciting time for Australian ag,” said Kate Nugent, Group Manager of Fairfax Rural Events, which runs AgQuip.
“This year’s display included a number of high-tech product demonstrations such as the autonomous tractor and drones.
“We are very aware Australian farmers are early adaptors by their purchases on site, but it is also a reflection that Australian farmers and primary producers are thirsty for more information.”