FOR 40 years Leigh Stoddart has had an exhibit at The Australian National Field Days but he has thought for sometime that it should be held on a Saturday.
He got his wish.
For the first time in 15 years the field days will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Leigh Stoddart Company Pty Ltd sells a variety of farm equipment and Mr Stoddart believes the field days could better target the hobby farmer with a weekend trading day without jeopardising the field days’ commitment to the commercial producer.
“We get business out of [the field days] and we need to keep our business up front,” he said.
“We want to try and get the hobby farmers because we have a range of farm equipment, a range of smaller implements that would suit them.”
Field days committee member Bruce Reynolds said when the field days first started 63 years ago business was different.
“Back then farmers were purely farmers and could take the day off and also bring their employees along to learn about new techniques in farming,” he said.
“Now many shops open seven days a week and on extended trading hours. The retail environment has changed and the face of agriculture has changed.”
Organiser Jayne West said these days the face of agriculture included more farmers who have on-farm and off-farm income. She said holding the field days on a Saturday meant farmers could come out to Borenore and get face-to-face advice, see machinery in action and make the best decisions for their business without taking time out from their day jobs.
But there is also plenty for the average person who has a green thumb.
This year there are a range of nurseries on offer, lawn mowers and tools used for landscaping.
The field days are on at 563 Borenore Road from 8.30am to 5pm for the three days. Entry for adults is $15, children $5 and families $35.