VIDEO: Elmore 2015 finishes strong despite tough conditions

By: Carene Chong, Photography by: Tom Dickson, Video by: Carene Chong

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Despite a shaky start, the Elmore field days 2015 finished up with a bang last Thursday with organisers recording strong crowd numbers and overall positive response from exhibitors.

Less than ideal seasonal and weather conditions with temperatures soaring up to 35 degrees on the first day failed to stop about 32,000 people from streaming through the gates over the three days.

The event ran from October 6 to 8 this year.

According to Elmore field days spokesperson Sam Watkins, the organising committee and exhibitors are content with this year’s event even though crowd numbers are slightly down from last year.

"For us, it’s the quality and not quantity of the crowd that matters, and from what we can gather, visitors and exhibitors have went home happy," she says.

In particular, presentations on mental health and drug addiction issues by several invited guest speakers at this year’s event have been very well received.

"We think there is a real need to address these issues," Watkins says.

"If we can make a difference in just one person’s life, then we’ve achieved something."

Every year, organisers present a series of awards to exhibitors recognising excellence in machinery and site design.

Some of the award winners this year include:

  • Australian Machine of the Year – Farm Pro’s Triple self-folding paddock roller
  • Technology and Innovation award – Topcon Precision Agriculture’s Electronic Control Unit
  • Imported Machine of the Year – Techgrow Agriculture’s Brochard manure spreader

Earlier this year, the organising committee made several infrastructural additions and improvements to the field days site in a bid to sustain both the Elmore field days and other events for the future.

The expansion project includes a new indoor agribusiness pavilion and an undercover pavilion built on concrete flooring.

"With the development of these infrastructure so as to keep the site fresh, vibrant and available for other events, hopefully that will keep cost down for exhibitors; keep our admission cost down for people so we become a more sustainable and viable business," says Elmore field days president Frank Harney.

Other highlights of the field days include daily in-paddock machinery demonstrations, sheep and wool shearing demonstrations and an ag art wear competition.

Organisers are already commencing planning for next year’s event and encourage those interested to exhibit next year to contact them on 03 5432 6176 or by visiting the Elmore field days website.

Click on the links below to view our exclusive video interviews with this year's award winners.

VIDEOS

Farm Pro Triple Paddock Roller

Self-folding paddock roller named Australian Machine of the Year

09-10-2015

Victoria based farm equipment manufacturer Farm Pro has snagged the Australian Machine of the Year award at the 2015 Elmore Field Days for its triple paddock roller which requires no hydraulics to run, hence keeping costs down for farmers. 

Topcon Technology Award Elmore 2015

Topcon electronic control unit snags Elmore technology award

16-10-2015

Precision agriculture specialist Topcon‘s ISO-compatible Apollo Electronic Control Unit (ECU) has taken home the Technology and Innovation Award at the recent Elmore field days.

Brochard Manure Spreader Imported MOTY  Elmore 2015

Brochard manure spreader wins Imported Machine of the Year award

21-10-2015

A manure spreader by French company Brochard Constructeur stole the show and the Imported Machine of the Year award at the 2015 Elmore Field Days.

Elmore Field Days 2015 Ag art milinery A highlight at the 2015 Elmore field days is the Ag Art wear competition. Elmore Field Days 2015 Ag art milinery
Elmore Field Days 2015 ag art Elmore Field Days 2015 ag art
Elmore Field Days 2015 award winner Elmore MOTY Organisers present awards every year to exhibitors recognising excellence in machinery and site design. Elmore Field Days 2015 award winner Elmore MOTY
Elmore Field Days 2015 awards Elmore Field Days 2015 awards
Elmore Field Days 2015 baler demo Elmore is one of the few field days offering in-paddock machinery demonstrations. Elmore Field Days 2015 baler demo
Elmore Field Days 2015 baler demo2 A Lely baler on demo. Elmore Field Days 2015 baler demo2
Elmore Field Days 2015 baler Elmore Field Days 2015 baler
Elmore Field Days 2015 Brochard spreader This massive Brochard manure spreader took home the Imported Machine of the Year award. Elmore Field Days 2015 Brochard spreader
Elmore Field Days 2015 camel milk The camel milk stand pulled in quite a crowd. Elmore Field Days 2015 camel milk
Elmore Field Days 2015 camels Elmore Field Days 2015 camels
Elmore Field Days 2015 Case IH Elmore Field Days 2015 Case IH
Elmore Field Days 2015 crowd at machine demo Visitors inspecting different machinery on demo at the Elmore 2015 field days. Elmore Field Days 2015 crowd at machine demo
Elmore Field Days 2015 diamond garden tools The Elmore field days is not only about the big machines but also everything the Victorian lifestyle and rural industries have to offer. Elmore Field Days 2015 diamond garden tools
Elmore Field Days 2015 Elmore 50 years sign The Elmore field days celebrated its 50th year in 2013. Elmore Field Days 2015 Elmore 50 years sign
Elmore Field Days 2015 Farm Pro MOTY Farm Pro managing director John Cochrane with the Australian Machine of the Year award. Elmore Field Days 2015 Farm Pro MOTY
Elmore Field Days 2015 Farm Pro Farm Pro took home the Australian Machine of the Year award for its triple self-folding paddock roller. Elmore Field Days 2015 Farm Pro
Elmore Field Days 2015 knitting Elmore Field Days 2015 knitting
Elmore Field Days 2015 Lana Campbell Lana Campbell of Lana's Garden. Elmore Field Days 2015 Lana Campbell
Elmore Field Days 2015 Lanas garden Warnambool based business Lana's Garden sells homemade rhubarb preserves. Elmore Field Days 2015 Lanas garden
Elmore Field Days 2015 pavillion A new undercover pavillion was built this year to sustain the field days now and into the future. Elmore Field Days 2015 pavillion
Elmore Field Days 2015 tillage demo Tillage equipment on demo. Elmore Field Days 2015 tillage demo
Elmore Field Days 2015 tillage Elmore Field Days 2015 tillage
Elmore Field Days 2015 Topcon Topcon took home the technology and innovation award for its Electronic Control Unit. Elmore Field Days 2015 Topcon
Elmore Field Days 2015 visitors About 32,000 visitors streamed through the gates over the three days. Elmore Field Days 2015 visitors
Elmore Field Days 2015 wool shearing 2 Sheep shearing is another highlight of the field days. Elmore Field Days 2015 wool shearing 2
Elmore Field Days 2015 wool shearing Elmore Field Days 2015 wool shearing
Elmore Field Days 2015 young patrons Young visitors having fun at the field days. Elmore Field Days 2015 young patrons

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