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Family field days Horsham farmers Sam and Emily Eagle, with their children Penny, 6, and Henry, 3, are looking forward to the Wimmera Machinery Field Days’ new twilight expo on Tuesday. – Story, page 3 Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

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“We’re hoping this dedicated effort to open the event into the twilight hours and support the community that has for so long supported us, will give as many people as possible an opportunity to experience what the event is all about”


roviding greater connectivity between everyday people, rural culture and the region’s largest agriculture-based events is behind a major revamp of Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

The Field Days at Longerenong next week will include a new Twilight Tuesday, with gates opening at 9.30am and closing at 7pm. The shift is a national first for agricultural field days and critically, from 3pm on, Twilight Tuesday patrons can attend the event free of charge. Field days manager Murray Wilson said the change was an exciting development and came on the back of extensive survey results. “It’s been something we’ve been thinking about – how can we give everyone the best possible chance to attend the field days? – and we had overwhelming support to trial the concept,” he said. Mr Wilson said the decision to create a free-of-charge twilight element for the iconic three-day event was to encourage people who might otherwise have little opportunity to attend. “We want to provide everyone with the best opportunity to attend regardless of changing social circumstances and work and family commitments,” he said.

or re-establish a connection with the field days. “If you have never seen half-million-dollar machinery up close, this is the chance,” he said. “Many dealers will even allow people to get up in cockpits – some of which are like jumbo jets – to get an idea of technology involved in farming in the 21st century,” he said. Mr Wilson was quick to add that the Twilight Ag Expo was only part of a big three days of exhibitions and displays. “Many exhibitors have shifted or freshened up their sites, some putting on major showcases to provide patrons with unique insights into their products. But others have gone the opposite way,” Mr Wilson said. “What we’re also finding this year is that a demand for indoor sites is very strong. “The key agribusiness pavilion filled very quickly, triggering a need for an additional marquee to meet the needs of exhibitors wanting indoor space. “This in turn has allowed other dealer areas to expand and this has worked in with our annual plan to always change the layout of outdoor sites to showcase something different every year. “A clear message is that companies are putting more effort into engaging people. “Exhibitor numbers are very strong. We always have a turnover of smaller companies and this year we have 40 new exhibitors on site. “We expect the close to 1000 sites available at Wimmera Events Centre will be occupied by day one of the Field Days.”

FAMILY TIME: Wimmera Machinery Field Days vice-president Sam Eagle and wife Emily are looking forward to taking their children Penny, 6, and Henry, 3, to Tuesday’s twilight event.  Picture: PAUL CARRACHER “We said it last year when we announced the change – we live in busy times and it is no longer the case that a family can simply take a whole day off to attend the Field Days. “In some cases many people simply

have not been able to attend the Field Days at all. “We’re hoping this dedicated effort to open the event into the twilight hours and support the community that has for so long supported us, will give

OPTIONS: Jack Hynes cooks a pizza at last year’s Wimmera Machinery Field Days. Organisers are encouraging families to head along to twilight festivities on Tuesday and make the most of live entertainment, gourmet food and outdoor dining opportunities. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

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as many people as possible an opportunity to experience what the event is all about.” Mr Wilson said after he announced the twilight plans last year, the field days committee had explored the development’s potential. “It has revealed significant opportunities to steer the event in new and exciting directions,” he said. “From 3pm Tuesday, people will be able to experience and celebrate a showcase free of charge. “There will be live music and entertainment, gourmet food and outdoor dining and we encourage people to come out for tea with family and friends. “In supporting this exciting new format the committee will host special attractions. “Features of the Twilight Ag Expo will be the Team D Max Iron Summit, with the world’s steepest four-wheeldrive ramp and Factory FMX Motocross stunt riders jumping over CASE tractors. “Prickly Moses Mobile Brewery and Seppelt Wine Bar will be on site, there will be helicopter rides, shearing demonstrations and heaps of attractions for kids and families.” Mr Wilson said the evening provided an opportunity for people to establish


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Exciting three days FROM THE MANAGER


he Wimmera Machinery Field Days presents three days of farming and ag-industry business, however it also means three days of socialising, relaxing and enjoying a break with friends and longtime workmates.

This year we will introduce an exciting new initiative. For the first time we will host a ‘twilight day’ on the Tuesday of the Field Days. Staying open to 7pm with free entry after 3pm, we feel it will give everyone in the surrounding region the best possible chance to visit the Field Days and experience everything there is to offer. The Twilight Ag Expo is the perfect occasion to visit the Field Days for some great Field Days bargains and for tea with friends and family. Experience some delights from our numerous food trucks, gourmet food and wine pavilion and of course all the community groups

catering for visitors. To celebrate the first Twilight Ag Expo as part of the Field Days, we will present a few special features, with music and entertainment throughout the Twilight evening, thrilling freestyle motocross stunt shows and our major attraction, the Isuzu UTE Iron Summit. A key attraction for everyone is the amount of machinery and equipment on display, and again this year we are close to capacity. Our indoor sites are full. A number of long-term major machinery exhibitors are changing locations and expanding into different areas this year. It gives the site a fresh feel and ensures our agricultural showcase remains vibrant and relevant. The Wimmera Machinery Field Days is a not-for-profit community-based organisation led by a dedicated executive team and a volunteer committee who have been working throughout the year to plan for this large-scale event and present the site at its best.

At a glance The 2019 Wimmera Machinery Field Days are on March 5,6,7. Opening times: – Tuesday, March 5, 9.30am-7pm. Twilight Ag Expo, free entry between 3pm and 7pm. Wednesday, March 6, 8.30am-5pm. Thursday, March 7, 8.30am- 4pm. Entry: – Adults $18; students 12-18 years $5; free of charge for children under 12. Companion Card accepted. Eftpos is available for entry at gates two and three. Parents and babies retreat – A well-equipped family and children’s marquee is situated in Field Days Square, offering a place to go for little ones to get changed and have a play. There are also private feeding areas available. First Aid – Emergency Medical Response will have qualified first-aid trained staff and their fully equipped vehicles stationed near the Field Days office each day. Banking services – Banking services along with EFTPOS for money withdrawal is located at the south end of the Field Days office.

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It is also important to recognise the Field Days sponsors and supporters, regional contractors and suppliers, and most importantly the local community groups, schools, service and sporting clubs who all help bring this major event to life. We thank them for their support and participation. From a purely agricultural perspective, we consider this as Victoria’s premier broad acre event and one of the biggest and more impressive displays of farming machinery in Australia. We are pleased to be able to showcase the Wimmera region and agriculture at its finest at the Wimmera Events Centre in Longerenong. Enjoy the 57th annual Field Days, the first Twilight Ag Expo, and be sure to see and experience everything we have to offer. Murray Wilson Manager, Wimmera Machinery Field Days

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elcome to the 57th annual Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

On behalf of the WMFD committee and staff, I hope you have a wonderful and productive time attending this year’s event. This year is the first year the event has extended its opening hours on the Tuesday, for ‘Twilight Tuesday’. The past season and recent harvest has been somewhat of a paradox for farming. Variables with rainfall, late frosts, livestock and commodity prices, again highlights that in agriculture we must always expect the unexpected, cope with it and utilise opportunities. The three-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 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 Field Days also helps nurture our younger generation involved in agriculture

and the broader regional industry that contributes to our economy. The WMFD 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 WMFD committee, there are many volunteers and community organisations that are a vital part in running this event. I sincerely thank them for their contribution. We appreciate all our exhibitors and sponsors and thank them for their support again this year. Without them we wouldn’t have such a successful event. 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




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Opportunity in shearing BY COLIN MacGILLIVRAY


inyip farmer Tom McGrath will educate people about the shearing and wool industry with live shearing demonstrations during Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Mr McGrath will demonstrate the process of shearing a sheep and provide information about potential careers in the industry on March 5 and 6. He said the sessions were for ‘anyone and everyone’. “It’s not necessarily for people within our industry to come and have a look, but more for people from outside the industry to get an understanding of the process and the product that comes from the process of shearing, which is wool,” he said. “I’ll be touching on what the wool product can be used for and the day-to-day life of a shearer to try to entice some new blood into the industry. “Hopefully I can showcase it as a good career path and one that you can make good money in while having a good lifestyle as well.” Mr McGrath said a skill shortage in the shearing and wool industry had made it an attractive career option for prospective employees. He said he would educate people on the opportunities available within the industry. “It’s an industry that isn’t going away, so as we have fewer people

SHEEP SHOW: Minyip’s Tom McGrath will host live sheep shearing demonstrations at the upcoming Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

entering the industry the job opportunities become greater and therefore job security becomes a lot more accessible as well,” he said. “It’s important for the industry to continue on because it is a large employment sector within the Wimmera. “It’s about keeping that circle of employment going in the region.” This will be Mr McGrath’s second demonstration at a Wimmera Machinery Field Days. He said he would provide more information for attendees than he did in 2018. “Last year was focused on trying to get more interest in shearing as a

career path for people, and this year it’s more about exposure,” he said. “I’ll touch on traineeships and the best pathways into a career in the shearing and wool industry. “There are a hell of a lot of traineeships and a lot of support out there, and financial incentives to get in and have a go. I want to promote the support that is out there.” Mr McGrath said shearing could offer people enjoyable, physical work within a tight-knit group of colleagues. “I enjoy the physical challenge and knowing that at the end of the day you’ve done a good honest day’s work,” he said.

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“The friendships formed in the shearing shed are definitely another key element to why I enjoy it. “It’s a relaxed lifestyle as well, because you’re not dealing with customers or other stressors. “It’s just you and your team unit.” Mr McGrath said times for his demonstrations had not been finalised, but encouraged people to seek him out during the Field Days. “If you are interested, come up and ask me about how you can get involved in a career in the shearing and wool industry,” he said. “I’m a friendly person and I hope people aren’t intimidated to come up and say something.”

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reastScreen Victoria’s hot pink van, known as ‘Marjorie’, will be a special guest at this year’s Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

The doors will open to women aged 50 to 74 for a free breast screen. For women in the target age group, a breast screen every two years is the best way to find cancer early – before there are symptoms and when treatment is most successful. Breast screens can find cancer as small as a grain of rice, before a woman or her doctor can see or feel anything. They only take 10 minutes, don’t need a doctor’s referral or Medicare card, are with a female radiographer and are free. BreastScreen Victoria chief executive Vicki Pridmore is encouraging women over 50 who are visiting the Field Days to take advantage of the van’s visit. “Marjorie is one of our two mobile screening service vans which travel the state throughout the year,” she said. “This visit to the Wimmera has been organised so women attending the Field Days can access a potentially life-saving screen. “The vans use the highest-quality digital radiography machines so women receive the best service, wherever they live. “Women don’t need to make an appointment – they can walk in and screen right then and there. The friendly female radiographers are also happy to answer any questions or concerns about breast screening and breast cancer.” Ms Pridmore said people could find out more about breast screening online at www.

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Make a plan, Jan I

f you are tossing up whether to go to the Wimmera Machinery Field Days, I’m going to give you several reasons to go, but far more important than that – THE PLAN.

Trust me, you will need THE PLAN. I’ve been to more field days during the past 35 years… yes, 35 years… than I’d care to mention and I’ve learned the hard way that no plan equals potential disaster. Let me take you back to my first field day adventure in my little field day time traveller. It’s 1986, Perth, Western Australia. I’m a freshfaced 26-year-old radio reporter of 18 months’ experience and recently promoted to presenter of WA Country Hour. The order from a higher force: the ABC Rural Department boss, who bellowed across the office, ‘you do know you’re expected at the Dowerin Field Days. You’ll be broadcasting solo for the entire program with Vladimir – name changed to protect his identity, although he was Russian – as your soundo’. On my own, no producer, just a soundo who was notorious for not be able to cope under pressure. It was a nightmare scenario. And it delivered. Everything went wrong. We went off air, people I’d lined up to interview didn’t turn up or couldn’t find us, punters strolling past thought I was the field-day announcer and sauntered up while I was broadcasting to ask me questions about where the toilets were, where the working dog trials were; even one inconsolable women bawling because she’d lost her child and wanted me to make an announcement. ‘Vladimir’ went very red in the face and started visibly shaking and just kept shrugging his shoulders and muttering under his breath as he fiddled with a broadcast van full of wires, clearly not having a clue what to do.

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I still have the cassette recording of the program labelled in big capital letters – DOWERIN DISASTER. I’m happy to say that is the one and only field day disaster. Now, I love a good field day. There is literally something for everyone. So to, THE PLAN! First, read the guide to the field days like you would the form guide. Make a list of the ‘must see’ sites. For me, that’s anything horsey, anything to do with gardening, my favourite clothing stands and then working dogs, followed by sheep breeds. I know you’re thinking, ‘but this is a machinery field days’. Fear not, for it will deliver all manner of surprises. Then, mark out on the field day map the ‘must see’ sites. Work out a route. Don’t just wing it. Trust me, if you do, you’ll hit lunch time as an exhausted, grumpy wreck. Methodically work out where you’re going next before taking even one step, otherwise you’ll keep crossing your tracks. Then there’s the obvious: sunscreen, a hat and comfy shoes. You’re not there for a fashion parade, you’re there to shop until you drop. It’s just occurred to me I should come up with a special field days app! Until Wimmera Machinery Field Days, make THE PLAN and I’ll see you there.

Spin the wellness wheel hat does wellness mean to you?

Rural Northwest Health’s wellness team will be at Wimmera Machinery Field Days this year to answer any health or wellness questions people might ask. Each day of the field days, including at the new Tuesday twilight session, there will be a wellbeing co-ordinator, a speech pathologist and an occupational therapist on site to help with any health or wellness-related issues. And by visiting the Rural Northwest Health’s site in the Moore Pavilion at Wimmera Events Centre, people will also have the chance to win a prize on the ‘Medicoach Wellness Wheel’. The wheel is marked with several areas of

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UP FOR GRABS: Rural Northwest Health wellbeing co-ordinator Tim O’Donnell is pictured with prizes to be given away on a wellness wheel at Wimmera Machinery Field Days next week.


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wellness and what people spin will determine their prize. The team at Rural Northwest Health has urged everyone to make sure they take part. Rural Northwest Health promotion officer Kelsey Hamilton said the idea of the wheel was to get people to think about their wellness. “We want people to think about what wellness is to them and how it affects their overall health,” she said. “We will also have healthy snacks of vegetable sticks and hummus to give away, plus flavoured water and something for the kids as well. “There is also a chance to win a major health-agencies competition draw.”

Come and visit us outside in the Country Lifestyle Carpark to get your free breast screen in our mobile screening van. Or you can just stop by to talk with our friendly staff who can answer any questions you may have about breast screening. Breast screens are free, take 10 minutes and are with a woman.



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Site awards up for grabs W

immera Machinery Field Days prides itself on providing a showcase with a modern professional image and the latest in agriculture machinery and technology.

To encourage exhibitors to strive for similar ideals, there are two major product awards and 11 site awards on offer during the Field Days next week. The two main product awards are judged by a panel of regional primary producers and agribusiness professionals, who are also committee members of Wimmera Machinery Field Days. Field Days manager Murray Wilson said in many cases, the award-winning machine had gone on to become a standard piece of equipment on farms throughout Australia. Judging criteria for the product awards include the machine’s purpose and suitability; scope of application; construction – durability, appearance and design; ease of maintenance and service; ease of operation – including operator comfort and safety; ease of adjustment; availability of parts; and

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overall value-for-money. The machinery and agribusiness products must be new to the market in the 12 months following last year’s Field Days, in March, to be eligible to enter the awards. The exhibitor site awards are also judged by a panel of Wimmera Machinery Field Days committee members. Judges will look at the overall showcase and ease of recognition, effort put into the display, quality of the site and overall participation in the theme and spirit of Wimmera Machinery Field Days. Judges also look for aesthetic appeal, presentation of equipment on display, dress and ease of recognition of staff on the site and safety including tent pegs, leads, sharp objects and trip hazards. Mr Wilson said it was also important that exhibitor site holders are compliant with Wimmera Machinery Field Day policy and procedure before and during the event. He said presentations to all winners would be in Field Days Square on Wednesday at 2pm.

FULL FLIGHT: A FMX stunt rider takes to the air at last year’s Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Stunt show a ‘huge spectacle’


otocross stunt riders leaping over massive agricultural machinery is not something you see every day, unless you attend each day of the Field Days.

Wimmera Machinery Field Days will again host an exciting freestyle motocross stunt team. Field Days manager Murray Wilson said the hugely successful and popular stunt riders from Factory FMX would perform their live shows across the three days.

“As a bonus this year, there will be two professional riders showcasing tandem jumps and the latest mid-air tricks, leaping distances of more than 70-feet long and 30-feet high,” he said. “O’Connors Farm Machinery has come on board to sponsor the motocross stunt show and will offer the stunt riders the chance to leap over some huge tractors and other O’Connors machines, which will be lined up under the jumps area. “It’s a huge spectacle.”

Mr Wilson said the motocross stunt riders were a huge drawcard. “With the regions strong connection to motocross and a first-class track nearby, it is a great fit for the Field Days,” he said. “It’s also fantastic to have major Field Days exhibitor O’Connors show their support by providing farm vehicles and machinery for the team to leap over, which is sure to be an impressive sight for patrons.” The team from Factory FMX Motocross will perform three shows daily.



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College students put on a show “The more opportunities they get to perform, the better – this is what they want to do and they’re involved in performing arts for a reason”



orsham College will offer attendees of next week’s Wimmera Machinery Field Days a sneak preview of this year’s student production of the musical School of Rock.

The college has promoted itself at the Field Days with student displays of textiles, dance and hospitality for several years, and began offering performing-arts production previews three years ago. Production director Emily Friedrichsen said previewing shows at the Field Days helped promote the college’s shows to a wider audience and get students comfortable with performing new material publicly. “When we did a Field Days performance for Happy Days last year, not a lot of people knew Happy Days was a musical,” she said. “A member of the crowd came up and said ‘I wasn’t going to see it, but I will now’. “It definitely creates an opportunity for the kids to put on a display of their abilities and what they’re capable of doing. “It’s a bit of advertising for the school as well, but for us it’s an opportunity for our kids to perform. “The more opportunities they get to perform, the better – this is what they want to do and they’re involved in performing arts for a reason.” Horsham College announced the cast for School of Rock two weeks

ROCKING OUT: Horsham College students are preparing for a production of the musical School of Rock. Getting ready to rock the school are, from back left, Shae Garwood, Brodie Chequer, Emilee Jones-Pritchard, Thomas Naylor, Oscar O’Brien, Josie Thomas and Liam Robertson; and front, Claudia Lopez-O’Donnell, Malachy O’Brien, Hallie Burgess, Tiani Grosser and Sienna Walsgott.  Picture: PAUL CARRACHER ago, with Liam Robertson and Oscar O’Brien sharing the lead male role of Dewey, while year 12 student Josie Thomas has been cast as the female lead, Ms Mullins. “The role of Dewey is an extremely full-on role and for both of the boys, around the time of the school production, they will hopefully be going for auditions for higher education next year,” Ms Friedrichsen said. “To look after them they have agreed

to share the role so they don’t kill their voices before the main audition.” Robertson said preview performances gave the cast a valuable opportunity to see how audiences responded. “I think it gives us a rough understanding of what the actual show is going to be like for us,” he said. “It’s like another big rehearsal, but with an audience, so you get to work off the audience and see how they react to what you do and be able to


change that for the actual big performance. “I think it’s a really good way to overcome nerves so you’re used to them by the time you’re on stage.” Thomas said she was ecstatic to be cast in a lead role for the first time. “I was so excited when I found out, especially because it will be my last year doing productions – I’ve done them since year seven,” she said. “I know what they’re all about and

– Emily Friedrichsen

I love doing them so much, so finding out that I got a lead role is really exciting. “I think School of Rock is a great musical. “I love it because it’s new and modern and it’s a lot of fun.” The musical is based on a 2003 film of the same name, with music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Ms Friedrichsen said the students would perform three numbers – an a cappella performance by Robertson and O’Brien, a solo by Thomas and a song by the student ensemble – during Field Days. She encouraged attendees to check out the performances and stop to sample the college’s other offerings, such as food prepared by VET hospitality students. • The Horsham College Student Showcase includes textile students modeling their garments and showcasing their latest creations, from 2pm each day in the Field Days Auditorium.

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No wrong door for support T

he ripple effect from tough seasons can affect an entire community.

That’s the assessment of Uniting Wimmera acting executive officer Josh Koenig. “As well as the impact from drought, stagnated wages for people on low incomes and the increased cost of living can put a lot of people in vulnerable positions,” he said. “The Wimmera Machinery Field Days is a great opportunity for people to come together socially, talk about shared experiences and support each other, but it’s also important to know there is extra support available through Uniting.” Mr Koenig encouraged people to get in touch with Uniting Wimmera before their situation worsened. “We encourage people not to delay reaching out for support, getting help early can make a world of difference,” he said. “Our community often thinks that others are worse off than them, or maybe feel a little intimidated to walk in the door. “But we want to reinforce that we don’t judge and you won’t be turned away. “Getting the support you need is easy and quick, and everyone is welcomed and supported. “Coming in to our office isn’t the only option, people can call our 1800 number or log a request for help on our website.” Mr Koenig said Wimmera people can bene-

“Our community often thinks that others are worse off than them, or maybe feel a little intimidated to walk in the door. But we want to reinforce that we don’t judge and you won’t be turned away” 

– Josh Koenig

fit from the many support services available to them through Uniting. “Our wrap-around services look at multiple factors and issues that can affect people in our community – such as financial hardship, substance abuse, access to education and mental-health concerns,” he said. “We also work alongside other local service providers, so if we are not able to provide the support people need, we can help them through the process of accessing services that can. There is no wrong door. “We provide emergency relief, family support, mental health support services as well as a range of other supports and programs to help families and individuals get back on their feet.” Uniting is urging people in the Wimmera to get in touch. For general information, people can call 5362 4000 or call an intake service line on 1800 195 114 for support and advice.

FRESH FEEL: A number of long-term machinery exhibitors are changing locations and expanding into different areas at this year’s Field Days. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Site movement at Field Days F

or the first time in two decades, Wimmera Machinery Field Days patrons will not find Marnoo equipment company Wahroonga Enterprises set up in the Y block at the south-east corner of the Field Days site. The company celebrated its 20th anniversary last year and has been at the same spot for each Field Days since it began operating in 1998. But in 2019, Wahroonga Enterprises will move to a new

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location at the opposite end of the site – the A 38-47 block in the north-west corner. It is one of several businesses changing locations for the 2019 Field Days. Field Days manager Murray Wilson said many long-term major machinery exhibitors were changing locations and expanding into different areas this year. “It gives the site a fresh feel and ensures our agricultural showcase remains vibrant and relevant,” he said.

Goldacres will return with its own dedicated company site on the eastern side of the Field Days complex. Wilson Bolton will be at a new central site opposite the Field Days office and Gason has also moved to a central location. Traction Ag and AGCO have nearly doubled the size of their 2018 site and will be located at the A 62-76 block at the northwest corner of the site.


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orsham inventor Brian Hedt has proof that sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.

Mr Hedt debuted a new product, entitled the Outback Wrap, to help farmers easily identify multiple pairs of hydraulic hoses on farm machinery, in September. Despite only being available for a few months, Mr Hedt said the wraps were a long time in the making. “This idea has been around on my farm for 15 or 20 years and my son has been pressing me to patent it,” he said. “In the end I handballed it to him and said ‘you can do it’.” Mr Hedt and his son David have successfully launched the product in markets around the world, including in North and South America, Europe and Australasia. He said the key to the Outback Wrap’s success was its simplicity. The wraps are placed at each end of a hose and are designed to last for 10 years or more. “This product solves the age-old problem of hooking your hydraulics back up to your tractor after you’ve had the machine standing in the shed for a few months and you’ve forgotten which hose belongs to which coupling on the tractor,” Mr Hedt said. “It’s in universal colours common to every modern tractor. “They are colour-coded, numbered and lettered so the sequence is very

OUTBACK INVENTOR: Horsham inventor Brian Hedt shows off his Outback Wrap hydraulic hoses, which will be sold at Horsham Hydraulics site at Wimmera Machinery Field Days. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

logical, and they are also in pairs with one shorter than the other, so there are visual size differences.” Horsham Hydraulics will unveil the wraps as a new product at next week’s Wimmera Machinery Field Days. Horsham Hydraulics is one of nearly 30 businesses unveiling new products at the showcase. Naracoorte’s Schinckel Hayrakes will also debut the innovative Opener series of rakes. The Opener is a V-shaped rake mounted to the front of a tractor that makes the process of hay baling more efficient. The front rake pushes material out

of the way of the tractor so cut hay is not run over and a trailing rake forms it into a single row. Lake Bolac’s CLAAS Harvest Centre has announced it will give Field Days attendees a look at the new ZG-TS 10001 fertilizer spreader by Amazone. Amazone describes the ZG-TS as a ‘high-capacity large area spreader for the quick and precise application of mineral fertilisers’. It features precise accuracy thanks to an integrated boundary spreading system. A new technology known as WindControl allows automated adjustment

of lateral distribution, according to wind speed and direction. Other exhibitors with new products to display at Wimmera Machinery Field Days include: ACE Machinery House; Ag Gear; AgriChain; Coolamon Chaser Bins; Davo’s Fencing Clip; Eye Muffs; Farmers Edge; FarmNexus; Gason; GrainRite Augers; Grizzly; Jetwave Industrial Equipment; Manutec; Marxgold Starting Solutions; Morrow Motor Group; Norton Livestock Handling Solutions; Ozvalue Ag Machinery; PB Seeds; Precision Control Australia; Scania Australia; Silo Upgrades; Tank Spinner; UTF Australia; and Vennings.

Keep mobile


he sheer size of the Wimmera Machinery Field Days site is daunting for some, especially people with limited mobility.

Each year, patrons to the Field Days can access the free ‘Site Explorer Bus’, transport that gives them the option to simply ‘hop on and hop off’ at different locations across the site. Field Days manager Murray Wilson encouraged people to use the free service, which would run every day of the field days. Mr Wilson said scooter hire was also available, at gate two. He said people wanting to book a scooter should call 0428 694 335. Mr Wilson said the Field Days committee also operated a free courier service for purchased goods. “Use the free courier and parcel pick-up service to help with all your bigger purchases,” he said. “Your item can be picked up from a site and taken to the depot for you to collect later on when you are ready to head home.”

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urplus revenue collected from operating the Wimmera Machinery Field Days each year is used to fund and cover costs of operating the event each year.

Operating surplus is also reinvested back into the Wimmera Events Centre site. It enables the site to continue to be improved for a wide variety of events throughout the year.

George back to entertain


ustralia’s best-loved farming character, George the Farmer, will return to the Wimmera for two fun, educational shows.

George the Farmer made his debut at Wimmera Machinery Field Days last year and the popular entertainer will return to the stage during Wednesday’s ‘family day’. George will host two shows in the Field Days Auditorium, at 10am and 12.30pm, with an opportunity for meet and greet sessions after each show. George is playing an important role in educating children about farming practices, along with how food and fibre – natural fabrics – are produced. George will also take a stroll around the Field Days site, checking out all the farming gear. Be sure to watch out for George and say g’day.

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Police members up for chat BY COLIN MacGILLIVRAY

A different perspective



The unit will set up a mobile command centre at the Field Days site, offering members of the public an insight into the operations of Victoria Police. Proactive Policing Unit Acting Senior Sergeant Simon Grant said officers would provide useful information on a range of issues to people at the Field Days. “We’ll have information about crime prevention, we’ll also have a divisional firearms officer talking about correct storage and handling of firearms,” he said. “That’s quite topical at the moment seeing there have been firearms stolen from rural properties across the state. “If people have any questions about firearm storage and licencing, we’ll be more than happy to field those enquiries. “I’m also the divisional agricultural liaison officer, so I’ll be there in that role. “My specialty is in livestock theft and rural crime. “I’m from a farming background and I have relationships within the industry, so I’ll be able to talk about that.”

The Field Days has partnered with Ultimate Helicopters from Horsham and Grampians Helicopters from Stawell to take visitor experiences to a new level. Field Days manager Murray Wilson said one of the key outcomes of the event was the opportunity to provide something different. “A helicopter flight to see the Field Days from the air will provide a unique experience for visitors as part of our event,” he said. Newly established Horsham-based Ultimate Helicopters will operate each day of the Field Days, including during the new ‘Twilight Expo’ on Tuesday evening. Mr Wilson said Ultimate Helicopters looked forward to providing five, 10 and 15-minute joy flights, starting from $60 a person. “This is a great Field Days special price,” he said. “This will be an amazing opportunity for patrons to see just how big and impressive the Field Days site is from the air, and it will certainly give people the chance for a unique view of the Field Days site in its entirety. “We expect it to be an exciting and popular feature of the Field Days this year.” Helicopter joy flights will operate each day from the east side of the Field Days site.

isitors to Wimmera Machinery Fields Days have the opportunity to get above the crowd and see firsthand the multi-million dollar agricultural machinery display that defines the three-day event.

embers of the Wimmera Proactive Policing Unit will engage with the community and provide information at next week’s Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

PROACTIVE: Leading Senior Constable Toni Chegwin and Proactive Policing Unit Acting Senior Sergeant Simon Grant are looking forward to next week’s Wimmera Machinery Field Days. Sgt Grant said police would also be able to educate people on the merits of proactive policing. “The Proactive Policing Unit servicing the Wimmera is to proactively engage with the community to prevent crime and to deal with any concerns of the community,” he said. “We’ll be out and about in the community and in schools on a regular basis, working for a positive community safety result.

“We’ll have our youth-resource officer and our youth-specialist officer who deal with proactive engagement with kids at schools. “The youth-specialist role is a new one, and he’ll be liaising with kids who have been involved with police and are at risk of re-offending. “His task is to stop that cycle of that process and provide intervention and referral pathways so the kids don’t continue on that path.” Sgt Grant said people could visit

police at the mobile command centre or approach them at the Field Days site. “We’d like to see as many people come visit our truck as we can. It’s a good opportunity to come have a yarn and ask a question,” he said. “We’ll be walking around the Field Days as well, so I’d encourage people to stop and talk with us – that’s what we’re there for.”

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Volunteers shape Wimmera event


he Wimmera Machinery Field Days is a not-for-profit community-based organisation led by a volunteer committee of district farmers and regional agribusiness representatives.

Wimmera Machinery Field Days has run annually in the first week of March since 1963 and is Victoria’s longest running Field Days. It has grown to become one of Australia’s largest broadacre and agricultural machinery focused events. 2019 executive committee – President: Chris Bart-

J. Heard, M. Hobbs, R. F. Jess, W. L. Johns, I. D. Ladlow, R. A. Levitzke, C. L. Moore, J. G. Moore, I. H. Nettlebeck, B. H. Perry, I. B. Reid, E. H. Ruwoldt, N. L. Ruwoldt, R. P. Ruwoldt, I. C Schmidt, G. W. Schmidt, E. T. Tucker. General committee – John Aisbett, Graeme Beddison, Andrew Bell, Tom Blair, Peter Brennan, Wendy Byrne, Alister Cameron, Patrick Fox, John Goldsmith, Robyn Gulline, Zach Holmes, David Jochinke, Scott Johns, Beau Ladlow, Ian Ladlow, Darryl McCrae, Sam McGennisken, Heath Martin, Bryan Matuschka, Daniel Mibus, Luke Milgate, Peter Moore, Jeff Moore, Wade Morrow, Paul Petering, Brian Petrass, Derek Reid, Geoff Rethus and Luke Rethus. Lifestyle co-ordinators – Wendy Byrne, Robyn Gulline, Ian Ladlow, Beau Ladlow, Daniel Mibus and Sam McGennisken. Honorary members – T. Blair, V. H. Greer, M. E. Gribben, B. J. Johanson, B. J. Jones, R. G. Ladlow, R. Lingham, J. F. Lonsdale, G. F. Miller, G.T. Tippet, N. Varley, R. E. Wirth and L. W. Worthy.

lett; senior vice president: Sam Eagle; junior vice president: Tim Rethus; chief steward: Glenn Jenkinson; site steward: Harry Young. Staff – Manager: Murray Wilson; office manager: Vanessa Lenehan; office and events assistants: Cassandra Haskett and Melissa Goldsmith. Life members – A. A. Bodey, N. R. Curran, T. C. Davey, D. J. Garth, G. K. Guilline, A .T. Heard, P.




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hen a crowd of about 200 people, including growers from interstate, turns up to an equipment demonstration in early February, you know it has become one of the latest ‘big things’ in farming.

And that ‘big thing’ will make its way to the Wimmera Machinery Field Days next week. Johnny Inferrera, from McIntosh, will be on site to showcase the latest developments to one of the popular harvester-integrated systems that is now available at about half the price of its predecessor. The new vertical, mechanical-drive version of the Integrated Harrington Seed Destructor, iHSD, was successfully put through its paces for growers fitted to a New Holland CR 9.90 header in some standing crop left after harvest on a property near Broomehill in Western Australia. Invented by WA grower Ray Harrington and developed by UniSA with investment from GRDC, the iHSD has undergone continuing development by SKF Engineering and DeBruin Engineering, together with national distributor, McIntosh Distribution. The new vertical, mechanical unit uses the same mill set as the hydraulic version, which has consistently been driven at 3000 RPM and achieved up to 99 percent kill rates of targeted weed seeds. Mr Inferrera said farmers and those who had travelled west with South Australian dealer Ramsey Bros were impressed with the workings


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When Simon Schinckel of Schinckel Hayrakes in Naracoorte, South Australia, was travelling to and from the Southern Field Days in September-October last year delivering his much sort after ‘The Next F Series’ V Rake, he took particular note that so many crops had been cut down with 30-40 foot header fronts or large windrowers. He knew that the crops had to be cut because of the very poor seasonal conditions that every farmer can relate to. What he noticed in particular, was the distance the two rows had been left apart for raking together before the baling was to be done. With the two rows varying anything from 3-4ft apart to 6-8ft apart, he could visualise that there was going to be a big issue as far as raking was concerned. Simon has been in the hayrake industry for more than 27 years. He could easily see that driving a tractor down these rows with any type of hayrake behind wasn’t going to work very satisfactorily, as the tractor would be running on both rows of material and packing it back down on the ground, making it difficult to rake cleanly and knocking leaf et cetera off their prized hay. Straddling one row with a tractor and rake wasn’t an option, so people had to revert to using an inline rake, which doesn’t produce a nice, evenly shaped windrow like a V Rake does for better baling. So, Simon put his thinking cap on and started scratching his head again – as he did 12 months ago when he designed his ‘Next F Series’ Hayrake. He came up with a unique and very simple system that is mounted to the front of the tractor. When a crop of hay is cut down with a 3040ft header front or a large windrower and the rows are left close together – or if using a 10-13ft mower conditioner which leaves its product in a wide spread out windrow for faster curing – then the front mounted rake rakes the material away from each side of the path of the tractor, while a V Rake towed behind the tractor rakes the material together into one row – a perfect windrow with everything raked is achieved and no damage has been done to the hay. This system works extremely well as the tractor is running on clean ground. Having done working demonstrations from Heywood in Victoria to Kybybolite, South Australia, and across to Glenthompson and

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support group dedicated to helping people understand prostate cancer is urging the community to seek members out for help and advice.

Wimmera Prostate Cancer Support Group plans to strongly promote its support program this year, including at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days. Group leader Brian Nagorcka said the group formed two and a half years ago based on members’ individual experiences with prostate cancer. “When I had my own journey with prostate cancer and treatment, not knowing whom to talk to about what to do or where to go, there was a realisation there needed to be someone, or a group, where a person could get support,” he said. “Through talking with a district prostate nurse from Ballarat, we had a meeting and formed a group.”

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Wimmera Prostate Cancer support Group has lunch meetings from noon on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Horsham RSL and often has speakers talking on a variety of subjects at its meetings. The group is affiliated with Prostate Cancer Foundation and Cancer Council of Victoria, and representatives from both will join group members and prostate cancer district nurse Gay Corbett at next week’s Field Days. Mr Nagorcka said people who attended group meetings were affected by prostate cancer, whether as individuals fighting the disease or as wives or partners. A new promotional banner, funded by Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and donations, features a photograph of Mt Arapiles from Michael Doniwell’s collection. People seeking support and free membership can call 5382 1452, 0448 710 628 or 5382 2339.

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ountry Fire Authority will continue its tradition of having a site at Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

This year’s theme will be around residential fire safety, financial resilience and emergency management. The authority and Good Shephard Micro Finance have teamed up to promote the importance of financial resilience. The theme is in response to findings that although people often have emergency plans for fires and other events, they rarely consider their financial circumstances. With a $2-billion cost of the 2011 Victorian floods, $30-million in costs for 2015-2016 storms and with more than 3000 house fires across Victoria in 2018, it is important that everyone is prepared. Having problems with your smoke alarm or your home fire safety plan? The CFA can help with that as well. The Field Days provide a chance for people to also find out about the many volunteer roles in the CFA. The organisation can offer much more than a role in fighting fires. Members describe today’s environment as ‘an exciting time to join CFA’. Volunteers continue to play a key role in helping the CFA achieve its mission of protecting Victorian lives and property. As one of the world’s largest volunteer-based emergency services organisations, CFA has a commitment to provide a modern and effective operation in which volunteers are valued and respected. Situated in the Moore Pavilion at Wimmera Events Centre during the field days, the CFA site will offer information for the public and

its members. Information on smoke alarms will also be available. Issues covered include – • Replacing expired smoke alarms with a new smoke alarm powered by a 10-year long-life lithium battery. • Only working smoke alarms save lives. • More than a third of Victorians have never replaced their smoke alarm. Is it time you replaced yours? • Smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years, regardless of the type. • A need to install a smoke alarm outside the sleeping areas and on every level of a home. • A need to install an extra smoke alarm inside bedrooms if people sleep with their door closed. • Fire services recommend that homes be fitted with Australian Standards-approved photo-electric smoke alarms powered by a 10-year lithium battery. • Fire services recommend smoke alarms be interconnected so that if one activates, they all do. • For rental properties, it is the tenant’s responsibility to regularly test the smoke alarm and report faults to the landlord. Landlords are responsible for fitting and maintaining smoke alarms – including changing batteries. • Public housing tenants need to regularly test their smoke alarms and report any issues to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Housing on 1300 650 172. Public housing tenants should never attempt to replace their smoke alarm batteries. • Smoke alarms are also available for the hearing impaired. These feature a flashing strobe light and vibrating pad that can be placed under the pillow. Information on these is available from Vicdeaf.


READY: ACE Horsham’s radio content director Emma Elsom is looking forward to broadcasting from the Field Days site.  Picture PAUL CARRACHER

ACE support for Field Days


CE Radio Broadcasters, through radio stations 3WM, MIXX FM and The Weekly Advertiser are continuing their strong connection with Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

The stations and newspaper will again have strong presence during all three days at Wimmera Events Centre and set up headquarters near the event’s main administration building. Radio stations 3WM and MIXX FM will comprehen-

sively cover the iconic Wimmera event with a variety of interviews and crosses on both stations. The radio presence at the field days has become a long-standing tradition, providing patrons with day-to-day information and updates on all that is happening. ACE Horsham’s radio content director Emma Elsom said everyone at the station looked forward to being part of the Field Days. “We absolutely love being out there. I’m personally on

site every year broadcasting. It’s one of the big annual events for us and most announcers make it out there at some point to engage with listeners,” she said. “It’s great to do the interviews, to meet exhibitors who come from far and wide and also the school kids and locals who come up to our broadcast site for a chat.” The Weekly Advertiser, as part of ACE, is also a strong supporter of the Field Days and representatives will join radio staff at the event.


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orsham’s Agriculture Victoria team has a new home at this year’s Wimmera Machinery Field Days, joining other regional agribusinesses and services in the Field Days Agri Marquee.

Just inside the door of the marquee, visitors can talk to staff about the latest grains research, plant diseases, animal health, managing dry conditions, the Australian Grains Genebank, how to apply for a Property Identification Code and more. Grains Innovation Park site leader and Agriculture Victoria research director Traci Griffin said Wimmera Machinery Field Days provided a great opportunity for Agriculture Victoria to showcase the latest research and new technologies relevant to the Wimmera. “The Field Days also provide an important opportunity for farmers to talk directly to Agriculture Victoria staff to gain a better understanding of what is happening and how it could apply to this season,” she said. Agriculture Victoria’s dry seasonal conditions co-ordinator for the northwest, Rob O’Shannessy, will be on hand with information about support and assistance for farmers navigating dry conditions. Agrihealth professionals from the National Centre for Farm Health will join Mr O’Shannessy, who will lead free farmer health checks. Taking just 20 minutes, the farmer health assessments include a lifestyle

survey covering health behaviours, farm practices and social and emotional wellbeing. Participants will also have their cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, body-mass index and diabetes risk measured, and their eyesight tested. They can also discuss cholinesterase testing. There will be information about workshops coming up in the region addressing stubble management, soils, weed control and other issues, and copies available of the ‘hot-offthe-press’ 2019 cereal and pulse disease guides. Staff members from the Australian Grains Genebank in Horsham will bring the Genebank to life, revealing what goes on inside and presenting some of the genetic material stored there – even some of the ‘wild relatives’ researchers are looking to in a bid to improve diversity in crop varieties. Adding to the display will be some of the high-tech equipment, such as drones and infra-red sensors, that are being used by Agriculture Victoria researchers to ensure new varieties and farming practices can be adopted by farmers faster. Agriculture Victoria land-management extension officers are keen to hear from farmers and service providers at the Field Days, who are welcome to drop by the stand and share their suggestions about information, events or workshops they would like in the region.

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The team from Black Snake Productions will host live ‘venomous’ snake shows daily at 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm, allowing patrons to get up close to some of the world’s deadliest snakes. People can touch and hold a ‘big, friendly python’, or a native lizard. See how sharp a baby crocodiles teeth really are, and view displays of other amazing reptiles. Professional handlers will provide demonstrations and informative talks on handling and care, snake-bite advice and other tips when stumbling across snakes in the wild.

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n 2018, the Wimmera Machinery Field Days hosted its first ‘kids only’ fashion parade.

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Field Days fashion parade co-ordinator Wendy Byrne said it was a huge success and is proudly returning again for another year. “An excited group of kids ranging in age from four to 12, of whom many have parents serving on the Wimmera Machinery Field Days committee, will be on the Field Days catwalk at 11am on Wednesday,” she said. “This is another key feature of the very popular Field Days ‘family day’.” Ms Byrne said Horsham children’s clothing store Kawaii Kids is supporting the Field Days fashion parade this year.

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ttendees at next week’s Wimmera Machinery Field Days will be among the first in Australia to view new Case IH Axial-Flow 250 Series harvesting technology.

The Axial-Flow 250 Series will be unveiled for the first time in the country by O’Connors Farm Machinery. The equipment is designed to usher in a new era in combine harvesting productivity. A feeder house redesign has increased feeder lift and feeder drive capacity, fore-aft feeder faceplate tilt and header height control. A new two-speed electric shift ground drive transmission provides higher tractive effort and grade-ability across a wider speed range. The feed-rate option has also been upgraded with the new transmission and will use ground drive pressure and engine load to determine the available power for crop processing. Other features include enclosed hydraulic-powered disc brakes, new front axle and final drives, electronic diff lock control and scalable MFH speed control. O’Connors chief executive Gareth Webb said the launch was a big moment for the company. “We’re very excited to be hosting the Australian launch of the Axial-Flow 250 Series,” he said. “Case IH is continually pushing the boundaries of innovation and we’re looking forward to showing customers

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how this can deliver enhanced productivity and efficiency for their farming operations.” Field Days patrons will also be able to check out some unique changes to the Axial-Flow 150 Series, which has its origins in Australia. A limited-edition Case IH Axial-Flow 150 Series combine will soon be available on the Australian market and is debuting at the Field Days. The combine features a heritage-inspired paint scheme with the traditional IH white roof and rims as well as side-panel decals reminiscent of the first Axial-Flow, introduced in Australia more than 40 years ago. Case IH hay and harvest product manager Tim Slater said the heritage elements of the limited-edition 150

FIRST LOOK: O’Connors will launch the Case IH Axial-Flow 250 Series in Australia at Wimmera Machinery Field Days next week. Series were sure to be a hit with consumers. “We had an idea to pay tribute to our proud history and present an AxialFlow in the 40th  anniversary colours at AgQuip 2017, and it got a great response from visitors to the Case IH site,” he said. “The uptake on social media and the feedback it created was amazing.

“This extended especially to North America where the social-media interest really took off once the photos of it at AgQuip started to circulate. “So, due to such strong interest it was thrown out there as a global idea and now it’s being rolled out on combines in the US and here.” The unveiling of the Axial-Flow 250 Series and limited-edition 150 Series

will be on Tuesday, coinciding with the Field Days’ inaugural twilight session. Visitors to the O’Connors site, J 1-15, will be able to view the new machines throughout the event and Case IH and O’Connors staff will be available to discuss patrons’ machinery needs.



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What’s on Tuesday

10.30am: Live snake show, Livestock Block   10.30am: Demonstration, Auditorium 11am: Motocross FMX Stunt Show, O’Connors site    11.30am: Fashion parade, Auditorium                                                                                       11.30am: Live snake show, Livestock Block 12.30pm: Demonstration, Auditorium 1pm: Motocross FMX Stunt Show, O’Connors site                     1.30pm: Live snake show, Livestock Block 2pm: Horsham College student showcase, Auditorium 3pm: Demonstration, Auditorium 3.30pm: Live snake show, Livestock Block 6pm: Motocross FMX Stunt Show, O’Connors site 6.15pm: Musical performance, Auditorium

Wednesday – family day

10am: George the Farmer live, Auditorium 10am: Live snake show, Livestock Block 10.30am: Motocross FMX Stunt Show, O’Connors site 11am: Field Days Kids Fashion Parade, Auditorium 11.30am: Live snake show, Livestock Block 12.30pm: George the Farmer live, Auditorium 12.30pm: Motocross FMX Stunt Show, O’Connors site 1.30pm: Live snake show, Livestock Block 2pm: Exhibitor Site Awards presentation, Field Days Square 2pm: Horsham College student showcase, Auditorium 2.30pm: Motocross FMX Stunt Show, O’Connors site 3pm: Demonstration, Auditorium 3.30pm: Live snake show, Livestock Block

READY TO CHAT: Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce members Louise Barnett, Emma Mackley and Peter Both will be at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.  Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

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n opportunity to learnmore about the effects of drugs and alcohol presents itself at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Headspace Horsham will attend the Wimmera Machinery Field Days as part of the Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce on Wednesday next week. Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce is a network of agencies and community members in the Wimmera that provides prevention and early intervention strategies to reduce the harms caused by alcohol and drugs. Headspace Horsham’s youth

engagement and community development co-ordinator Louise Barnett is encouraging visitors to have a chat with the team and learn more about the Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce and other services delivered by headspace Horsham. “At headspace we have a range of services that help young people aged 12 to 25 years,” she said. “We cover issues such as relationships, drugs and alcohol, mental health, bullying, anxiety, depression, bad thoughts and uncertainty about future plans. “If we don’t offer the service a young person or their family

needs, we can help to link them in to a provider that does. “This year our involvement with the Wimmera Drug Action Task Force at the field days enables us to have a particular focus on issues around drug and alcohol use. “Headspace Horsham will have hand-outs for visitors to take home that cover the effects of alcohol and other drugs on a young persons mental and physical health, as well as how to stay safe, what to do in emergency situations and how to get help for yourself, a friend or a loved one.” Ms Barnett said the Wimmera

Machinery Field Days was a great opportunity to engage with the rural community in an informal way, provide helpful information and continue to reduce the stigma of mental illness. “As a community, we have been going through some tough times, and in tight-knit rural areas, issues can impact a larger pool of people, including young people,” she said. “We want young people to know that support is always available, and anyone is welcome through our doors. “Look for us on the Wednesday between 8.30am and 1pm and come and say hi.”


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irchip Cropping Group members had the opportunity to hear results from a range of 2018 research trials at an annual BCG Trials Review Day.

The day attracted people from across the Wimmera, Mallee, North Central and beyond. Invited presenters and BCG researchers presented on topics covering pulse, cereal and canola variety performance, the status of insecticide resistance, managing early-sown wheat, getting the best from plant establishment, climate update and results. BCG research and extension officer Genevieve Clarke shared results from trials investigating early sowing of winter wheat varieties. Ms Clarke said research from two years of trials – 2017 and 2018 – revealed two vastly different seasons. “If considering sowing wheat early, it is important not only to understand your stored soil-moisture levels but also the rains received in that early break,” she said. “Ten millimetres might not be enough moisture at sowing to establish a crop early, particularly on heavy soil types.” In his presentation, BCG’s Cameron Taylor urged growers to think strategically about canola sowing dates to get the most out of the variety chosen and to mitigate risks such as frost damage or moisture stress. “During the past four years, fast to mid-fast developing varieties have been best suited

to Mallee and Wimmera environments when sown at the correct time to ensure flowering in the optimal window,” he said. BCG research staff members have been selecting research sites for 2019, including a main research site on the Sunraysia Highway, about five kilometres west of Birchip. They are yet to determine a core Wimmera research site. The site-selection process entails finding out about paddock history, including herbicide history to understand residual risks, weed type and pressure, soil type, rotation history and planned crop type around trial site, for the current year. BCG is again offering a soil-sampling service, which is about to get underway. Soil sampling allows inputs to be more accurately managed. Given the poor performance of crops in many regions, there might be some applications of fertiliser last season that have gone unused. Soil sampling allows for a better understanding of the soil profile, including moisture and nutrition location, thus leading to informed decision-making throughout the year. If this service could benefit your business, or you would like more information, call the BCG office on 5492 2787 to book in your paddocks. BCG will be at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days and invite patrons to visit team members at a RuralBank tent.

Premier event on the calendar E very year I look forward to the Wimmera Machinery Field Days, the premier agricultural event for our region.

This event attracts thousands of visitors from across Australia to learn about advances in agriculture, buy new machinery and equipment or catch up with family and friends. My sincere thanks to the Wimmera Machinery Field Days committee, led by president Peter Moore, for their tireless efforts and hard work in organising such an important event for our local region. It has been a year of mixed results for our local farmers, with

dry conditions across most of our region resulting in varying harvest yields. A positive has been good prices for most grains and stock prices remaining strong. The Nationals have been standing up for country communities for more than 100 years. As a member of the Nationals team, I am committed to working hard to ensure local voices and the issues that matter most to our region and country Victoria are heard in Parliament. The Wimmera has fantastic grain and oilseed research and development programs and I will continue to support our

region as the centre of excellence in agricultural research, training and education. The ongoing deterioration of roads across western Victoria continues to be a major concern. I will continue my relentless advocacy to ensure we receive our fair share of roads funding and see our local roads returned to a safe standard. I look forward to seeing you at the Field Days and invite you to share any great ideas or concerns you might have with me at the Nationals stand located inside the Moore Pavilion. Emma Kealy Nationals Member for Lowan

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nvironment Protection Authority Victoria says a hefty fine issued over a burning pile of farm waste in south-west Victoria is a warning to all rural landholders.

EPA Victoria north-west region manager Dr Scott Pigdon said a fire cost a dairy company more than $8000 after EPA officers found the pile, containing plastic, wire, soil and hay, still burning when they arrived. “The pile also included a 20-litre plastic chemical drum, fence posts, ash and bailing twine. It was industrial waste and should have been taken for proper disposal,” he said. EPA issued the company with a fine of $8060 for permitting the discard of industrial waste through burning, a breach of Section 27 of the Environment Protection Act. The burning pile was about four metres square and 1.8 metres high, with grey smoke and flames visible when EPA’s officers arrived. They were told the fire had started through spontaneous combustion several days before. A company representative told EPA the local CFA brigade had been called to fight a similar spontaneous fire in a pile of waste at the farm 12 months earlier. “Getting rid of mixed piles of farm waste by burning them might have been

the practice of previous generations, but it is now recognised that it creates a significant risk to the environment and can impact people’s health,” Dr Pigdon said. “Materials like these should go to recycling or an appropriate landfill. “The company has now introduced a waste management process to ensure that such incidents do not happen in the future. “Discarding industrial waste in such a way can cause land pollution and groundwater contamination that affect future generations.” EPA issued a legally enforceable Clean Up Notice requiring the company to remove the remaining waste for proper disposal. “This is another case where a report from a member of the public made all the difference,” Dr Pigdon said. “EPA officers were able to respond while the fire was still burning and ensure it was extinguished promptly, helping to reduce the amount of damage done to the environment. “Under the Environment Protection Act 1970 and the Infringements Act 2008, the company had the right to have the decision to issue the infringement notice reviewed or alternatively to have the matter heard and determined by a court.” People can report all types of pollution to the EPA 24-hour hotline on 1300 EPA VIC – 1300 372 842 – or at the EPA website

DROUGHT FIGHT: Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud pictured officially opening last year’s Wimmera Machinery Field Days. Picture: DEAN LAWSON

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ederal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has welcomed a Coalition win in getting a $100-million-a-year Future Drought Fund passed in the House of Representatives.

Mr Littleproud, who introduced himself to Victorian farmers during a visit to Wimmera Machinery Field Days in 2018, said the move was an important achievement in providing broad farming security. But he was scathing of the federal opposition, which voted against the move. “The Labor Party reached a new

low last week trying to politicise the plight of Australian farmers,” he said. “I’m so proud we’ve managed to get the Future Drought Fund through the House of Representatives. “The Future Drought Fund would deliver $100-million a year for drought preparedness, resilience and climate adaptation for farmers – a dividend from $3.9-billion set aside to keep generating that money, which will grow to $5-billion by 2028.” Mr Littleproud accused Labor of declaring its opposition of the fund so it could spend the money

in city electorates. “Labor wants to take country money and give it to the cities,” he said. “All Labor could offer was a ‘rolled gold promise’ of four years of dividends at the discretion of a Labor treasurer. “The Coalition is legislating the dividend so it can’t be touched. “Labor smiles at farmers while it stabs them in the back. “I’m determined to deliver the Drought Future Fund and the $100-million-a-year it will provide to farming families and their regional communities and I will fight Labor tooth and nail on this.”

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Littleproud: Extend holiday visas M inister for Agriculture David Littleproud has savaged a plan to cut working holiday visas from two years to one, while Australian farmers battle a farm labour shortage.

“There aren’t enough willing workers to pick our farmer’s fruit and vegetables – but Labor’s unions want to effectively halve the number of backpacker workers available,” he said. “If this plan becomes reality then our fruit and vegetables won’t get to the city supermarkets – they’ll rot in the fields with nobody to pick them. “I’ve heard a lot of stupid things in the two years I’ve been in politics but stopping fresh produce from getting to the people tops the list. “Don’t these people realise we rely on back-

SHOW TIME: Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria chief executive Paul Guerra, left, with Murtoa A and P Society president Tom McGrath at last year’s Young Farmers Scholarship awards ceremony. The pair discussed operating the Royal Melbourne and Murtoa shows respectively.

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urtoa Show organisers are seeking more district residents to become involved to help preserve the show’s longterm future.

Murtoa A and P Society will host the first meeting for its 2019 show at Murtoa Recreation Reserve tonight at 7pm. President Tom McGrath said the dedication of volunteers had kept the show, which had been in Murtoa for more than 130 years, from vanishing last year. He said more volunteer committee members could ensure the show continued to thrive in the future. “The show was coming to a close last year before a crisis meeting,” he said. “We ended up with a really good committee, we put on a really good show and are going around again for 2019. “There’s no reason to see it folding at any stage in the future.” Mr McGrath encouraged people in the Murtoa area to volunteer their time and said events such as the show were vital parts of the social fabric of the town. “To volunteer for your community is a very rewarding service, both for yourself and your community,” he said. “It’s so important in rural and regional areas to have volunteers. They very much go unnoticed, but they make these events happen.”

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Mr McGrath said the society had about 12 committee members but was always on the lookout for more people to lend a hand. He said anyone interested in helping could commit as much as they desired. “There are committee members that just get involved on the day and committee members that are present at each meeting,” he said. “There is a lot going on in the lead-up to show day, so the more we have the merrier – you can never have too many helpers. “We’ll be discussing every role at the meeting tonight, right from the president’s role to the general helping hand on the day. “We’re hoping to have some key positions filled at the meeting.” Mr McGrath said tonight’s meeting was open for anyone wishing to attend. “We’re a very friendly and all-inclusive group of community-minded people, so we’re welcoming anyone that is interested in becoming a committee member or anyone just coming along to see the process of how a meeting is conducted,” he said. “People are more than welcome to just sit back and be involved that way. “We’re welcoming anyone and everyone that would like to come along and wants to be part of making a positive change within the community and support local organisations and events.” People wanting more information on tonight’s meeting can call Mr McGrath on 0427 858 225.

packers to pick fruit and vegetables in Australia?” Mr Littleproud said he met a young German man who’d been to Mildura picking fruit and loved the experience. “He would love to get another year in Australia and said he’d happily pick our fruit,” he said. “He had great enthusiasm and work ethic, and yet Labor wants to stop this guy picking our fruit while the fruit rots on the vine due to a lack of willing workers. “This shows how removed Labor is from real life. Any Labor person found outside a city is lost – give them directions. The Coalition is moving to get more workers for farmers, not less. “We’re extending backpacker visas from two to three years, not cutting them to one.”

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rain growers across the nation are getting access to important new data to inform their crop variety choices for the 2019 season.

Harvesting of the extensive wintercrop variety trials through the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s National Variety Trials, NVT, program is now complete and data is being made available to Australia’s growers and their advisers. GRDC’s NVT acting senior manager Rob Wheeler said single-site results from successful trials in 2018 had been finalised and this data has been fed into multi-year, multi-environment trial, MET, variety performance analysis. “These multi-year, rolling data sets for all crops and growing regions will provide growers with the most valuable information to support their decision-making around what to sow this year,” he said. “Long-term MET results are the most accurate and reliable means of interpreting variety performance across sites and years.” Results and analysis can be viewed online at To further support growers and advisers, the GRDC has produced new instructional videos on how to interpret NVT data using the NVT website, and how to navigate NVT’s website. The videos can be viewed via the GRDC’s YouTube channel at http:// Mr Wheeler said it was important

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that growers factor long-term analysis of trials into their variety selection considerations, rather than results from a single year. “This is especially important after a year such as 2018, where, in many regions, the season was far from normal.” Mr Wheeler said similar to the experiences of many growers in parts of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, some NVT trials were impacted by drought, frost, wind and other climatic events. “However, despite what was an incredibly tough season in some areas, the 2018 NVT program overall was

productive, with a great proportion of the trials generating valuable data that has now been published,” he said. Growers and advisers are encouraged to base their variety decisions on not just yield results but also market receival quality data. “Simply focusing on yield does not provide growers with a reliable indication of which varieties might potentially offer the best returns – the quality of the grain harvested is also an important factor,” Mr Wheeler said. Planning for the NVT program for 2019 is well underway, with the number of trials expected to be more than 600, as per previous years.

The largest co-ordinated field trial network of its kind in the world, NVT is a 100 percent GRDC investment that is fully administered by the GRDC on behalf of Australian grain growers and the Australian Government. A national program of comparative crop-variety testing with standardised trial management, data generation, collection and dissemination, NVT seeks to assist growers to optimise the profitability of their farming systems through choosing the most appropriate varieties for their growing environments. Mr Wheeler said NVT represented

a huge logistical undertaking given it evaluated varieties for the 10 major crop types – wheat, barley, canola, chickpea, faba bean, field pea, lentil, lupin, oat and sorghum – within hundreds of trials across the country. “About 2000 near-release or released varieties are evaluated each year, generating highly valuable comparisons for variety agronomic performance, grain yields, disease and pest resistance and physical grain quality traits,” he said. “NVT accepts lines into the program for testing two years prior to their commercial release. “This ensures sufficient data is available for growers on newly released varieties to make informed variety selection decisions.” Data analysis for NVT is conducted by a team of statisticians through the GRDC’s Statistics for the Australian Grains Industry, SAGI, program. Mr Wheeler said with 2018 NVT results reflecting what occurred across the country in terms of the variable season, some trial results were compromised by these conditions at a number of sites. “Data from those compromised trials is presented in a ‘quarantined’ report,” he said. “This report is published on the NVT online website to provide growers with a transparent account of the fate of unreleased but not abandoned NVT trials, however, the data is of no value for the purposes of head-to-head variety comparison.”

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ne of the great privileges of living on or being able to visit farms in the Wimmera is the opportunity to get up close and personal with Australian wildlife.

From the region’s wide-open plains to the wetlands and mountain country, the Wimmera-Mallee is home to a variety of plants and animals. Matching the diversity of farming landscapes in the region is the diversity of native birds, ranging from brightly coloured parrots to raptors, waterfowl and the tiny and highly camouflaged species that occasionally dart across roads or between paddock stubble. The Wimmera – be it farmland, urban or park environments – is home to iconic rosellas, which rate among some of the most beautifully and diversely coloured birds in the world. It is these birds that have caught the attention of Deakin University researchers, who are suggesting the colour of the species is based on evolutionary process and climate. It is information that might help in conserving birds and monitoring and understanding implications of climatic change on natural environments. Anyone with a vague interest in birds would be aware of the difference between the eastern and crimson rosellas in the Wimmera. These birds vary from a deep crimson red to a pale yellow across south-eastern Australia, but until now scientists were unsure why.

Research published in the Journal of Biogeography shows habitat background and climate are major drivers of the colour variation.  Paper co-author Dr Mathew Berg, from the Centre for Integrative Ecology in Deakin’s School of Life and Environmental Sciences, said the rosella’s colour variation was extreme for a single species. “For most birds, and many other animals, when they have orange, yellow or red colouration that is due to carotenoid pigments, which come from food, mostly fruits and vegetables,” he said. “But parrots have a completely different pigment system – psittacofulvins – found nowhere else in nature. “They don’t take it in through their diet, instead it’s thought to be produced in their feather follicles. “While we’ve long known how unique parrot coloration is, we haven’t known what function the colour fulfils or why it varies within or between species. And that’s unusual because parrots are some of the most colourful animals in the world.” Crimson rosellas are most common around coastal Victoria, New South Wales and south-eastern Queensland. Yellow rosellas typically inhabit drier areas along the Riverina in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. ‘Intermediate’ birds, which come in varying shades of orange, can be found in the Adelaide hills, as well as small pockets of Victoria and NSW.

INSIGHT: An eastern rosella pictured on the rural outskirts of Horsham. Picture: KELLY LAIRD

And then there are parts of the Wimmera, caught in the middle ground between all areas, where there seems to be a mix between crimson and traditional eastern colouration. The Deakin study is a test of ‘Gloger’s Rule’, a theory on observations that birds tend to be more darkly pigmented in humid habitats. Dr Berg said it is only due to rapid advances in technology that science was able to look at large sets of data

to consider possible factors in combination. “When we crunched the numbers we found rosellas’ colours seemed to be closely related to the colour of the vegetation of their habitat, links which might arise to help them be more camouflaged from predators or conversely to stand out to other members of the species,” he said. “Rain and temperature were also important factors. Areas with hot sum-

mer temperatures were the best predicator of where to find yellow birds, which could be because the lightest colours afforded the least heat stress, suggesting thermoregulation was also an important factor in coloration.” While Australia’s crimson rosella populations are abundant, Dr Berg said study findings could have important implications for the conservation of other parrot species, with about a third endangered or threatened by extinction. “Parrots are one of the most threatened groups of birds in the world, mostly due to habitat destruction, but also due to introduced species and trade for pets,” he said. “They play a pivotal role in our ecosystem, excavating hollows, pollinating plants and spreading seeds, but they have a big conservation problem. “Work like this increases our understanding of the habitat requirements of parrots, why they can live in some areas and not others. “Changes from habitat modification and climate change might affect where parrots are able to occur and where they’ll disappear from. “This research will help us predict when and where a species decline will happen and why. “We now hope to model different climate change scenarios and where the parrots might move to. For example, as Australia gets hotter and drier we might see numbers of yellow rosellas expand and replace some of the colour forms in other areas.”

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VFF president David Jochinke said the call followed the recent detection of African swine fever and Foot and Mouth Disease in pork products declared and seized at Australian airports and mailing centres. “Australia’s national biosecurity is critical for our food, beverage and tourism sectors,” he said. “We have seen Foot and Mouth outbreaks in other countries and what it has done to their economies. “We know 283 illegal pork products were detected at the border in a two-

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he 40th annual Victorian Farmers Federation Grains Group Conference this week marked the end of Ross Johns’ two-year term as group president.

Mr Johns, in the build-up to the conference, thanked growers that worked with and supported the grains group. “I firmly believe in the Victorian Farmers Federation. More than ever we must have a voice that advocates

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for farmers,” he said. “I wish incoming president Ash Fraser, vice-president Craig Henderson and the new Grains Group Council all the best for the future. Our members can rest assured that they are in capable hands with the new leadership team.” Mr Fraser farms at Rutherglen in north-east Victoria, is managing director of Baker Seeds Co, and has been group vice-president for two years.

traditional demonstration of blade shearing in South Australia next month will help support people from droughtstricken rural communities, including in the Wimmera.

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Farm Pro............................................W3-5 Fox & Lillie Rural..................................C23 Gason............................................ N10-14 GE Silos.........................................W15-16 Geronimo Farm Equipment............ U27-32 Gerry Smith Real Estate.......................G20 Global Roto-Moulding.....................V12-16 GNS Engineering.................................V7-8 Goldacres.........................................Y1-15 Grain King.......................................... G3-4 GrainRite Augers............................M14-18 Graintec Scientific...............................T1-2 Grampians Central West Waste & Resource Recovery Group..................C22 Grizzly............................................V17-19 Hansa Precision Equipment........... Q17-19 Harberger Equipment..................... U20-26 Hardmetals Wearmaster...................... F11 Harvest Tyres......................................... P2 Hecton Products Australia Ltd........ U17-18 Hercules Wheel Loaders.................... D6-7 Heywood Ag Sales & Service......... B23-25 Hillview Bore Pumps...................... S12-13 Horsham Bearings & Industrial Supplies...................................... D13-17 Horsham Hydraulics....................... G11-13 Hose Factory.................................... K9-10 JADS Driver Training.............................. L2 Jetmaster Fireplaces......................... Q1-2 Jetwave Industrial Equipment........ Q15-16 John Berends Implements............. A58-61 KEENAN Australia............................F14-15 Kingspan Rhino Tanks.....................T14-15 Kirchner Trucks...............................V20-23 Knuckey Agricultural Engineering........X6-8 Koonik Dohne Stud, Hamilton Run Dohne Stud & Mitre Rock Poll Merino Stud...U19 Kotzur Silos.......................................W1-2 Krone............................................. A23-37 Landaco Equipment............................V5-6 LED Light Co...................................... R8-9 Leehane Rural Fabrications............ C31-35 Local Shed Solutions..................... K17-18 Lonsdale Merchants, Lonsdale Livestock......................................... U19a Mac Jaguar Land Rover..................... S6-9 MacDon......................................... A23-37 Magnisun..............................................Q8 Magnum Welders Pty Ltd............... G17-18 Manutec Pty Ltd................................. O4-5 Maritime Safety Victoria........................ M1 Marxgold Starting Solutions.................D51 Maxi-Tankers Pty Ltd..................... S10-11 MaxiTRANS Australia Pty Ltd...........V24-27 McDonald Steel P/L........................F12-13 Metalcorp Steel............................. N23-27 Michaels of Donald........................ O12-18 Midstate Machinery........................... O6-7 Moora Kelpies................................ U15-16 Morrow Motor Group...................... D27-30 Murphy Engineering.............................C12 Natimuk Solar................................ G15-16 Nelson Silos................................... N30-31 New Age Caravans.................................N4 Norton Livestock Handling Solutions..................................... U10-11 Norton Motor Group....................... R23-26 O’Connors Farm Machinery...............J1-18 Omnia..................................................C17 Outback Sam Campers......................... M3 Ozatts............................................ Q10-12 OzTuff & Bush Lapa Camper Trailers..... M4 Ozvalue Ag Machinery....................X11-17 Peter McRobert Machinery.............M26-29 Pickman Equipment.......................W26-27 PJ Green Agricultural Engineering.......X6-8 Plastic Fusion Service............................G1 Points Direct P/L.................................. T16

Polymaster.................................... K21-24 Power Hound Attachments............... G9-10 Precise Farm Solutions..........................B9 Primary Sales Australia.................. N14-18 Professional Nibbler............................... L1 Quantam Blast................................... G5-6 Rabobank...................................... D11-12 Ravco Camping & Outdoor Accessories.......................................R12 Red Gum Splitters.......................... Q15-16 Red River Stockyards......................X27-36 Rex Stotten Machinery...........................Q9 RFM Ag.......................................... N19-22 Riordan Grain Services..................W17-19 Riteway Farming Australia............. C29-30 Rosenow Cladding................................. L4 Rural and Outback Trailers.....................S4 Rural Bank..................................... D25-26 Scania Australia.............................W20-21 Schinckel Hayrakes....................... B26-30 Seed Force.......................................... F17 Silo Upgrades........................................U1 Smale Farm Equipment.................. N14-18 Smallaire Pty Ltd...................................N2 Smart Hair Studio.......................... C31-35 Smarttek Smart Hot Water Systems.....R11 Southern Design RV...............................N5 Spitwater....................................... K19-20 St Marys Super Tools ........................ U4-5 Stephen Pasture Seeds...................T10-11 Stockpro........................................ U12-14 Supagas.............................................. T12 Superaxe - Whitlands Engineering.......K14 Supreme/Leader Caravans.....................N3 Swagman Tours................................. R5-6 Swayn & McCabe........................... O 8-11 Tatiara Industrial Repairs...................V 3-4 Techgrow....................................... B10-18 The Herald and Weekly Times............... M2 Thinwall Trailers..............................V28-32 Thomson Bilt......................................... L3 Tool Trucks Australia...................... D47-48 Totally Fun Stuff...................................R10 Traction Ag Pty Ltd......................... A62-76 Trans Pacific Hoardings Aust.............. G5-6 UTF Australia..................................... D2-5 Vagabond Tours & Swagman Stockcrates................................. C20-21 Valton Feeding Solutions...................L8-12 Vennings.........................................L13-19 Victory Equipment.......................... C26-28 Wahroonga Enterprises Pty Ltd...... A38-47 Wallers Bushman’s Outfitters..........F19-20 Waratah Fencing............................ D31-33 West Wail-White Suffolk & Dohne Merino Stud...............................................U 19b Westar Trucks................................W24-25 Whites Rural.................................. C13-14 Willie’s Manufacturing Industries......... F16 Wilson Bolton Mitsubishi.................. D8-10 Wimmera Hearing Society Inc................ E7 Wimmera Mallee Ag Pty Ltd........... A77-82 Wimmera Outdoors............................ R8-9 Wimmera Precon.................................G14 Worm Hit.............................................R21

Activ8Me Adjusta Mattress ANZ Ballarat Clarendon College Ballarat Grammar School Bingham Ag Brand Developers (InstaChill)

Brendans Tours Bug R Off! Pest Busters Centacare Catholic Diocese of Ballarat Centre for Participation CFA Commonwealth Bank CPR Gutter Protection Department of Justice and Regulation Dial Before You Dig Earth Resources Emma Kealy MP- Member for Lowan Energy Democracy Co-operative Energy Safe Victoria Federation University Australia Grundfos Pumps HC Progressive (National Grid Support Service) Holy Trinity Lutheran College Horsham & District Lapidary Club Inc Horsham Rural City Council Horsham West & Haven Primary School iHealth Saunas Indigo Agriculture JG King Homes Horsham JK Milling Pty Ltd Liberal Party of Australia Victorian Division Lincoln College Loan Market Longerenong College Marcus Oldham College MGA Insurance Brokers Monivae College Mulcahy & Co NAB Agribusiness Onga Pumps Philmac Pty Ltd Promotional Products & Uniforms Horsham Reliance Partners Horsham Rural Financial Counselling Service Victoria - Wimmera South West Inc. Saines Lucas Solicitors Skillinvest St Patricks College Ballarat Sure Season Swanbuild Pty Ltd Telstra Tiger Box TractorHouse Australia Turmerix Victoria Ultramatic VV Electrical & Solar Wesley College Wim Resource Pty Ltd Wimmera Aquatrail Wimmera Catchment Management Authority Wimmera Mail-Times Worksafe Victoria Yes Optus Horsham

Wimmera Prostate Cancer Support Group Wimmera West Grampians Neighbourhood House


ADM Trading Australia Agriculture Victoria (DJPR) Agrivision Consultants AWB Blue Lake Milling CBH Group FarmNexus Grain Brokers Australia Harwood Grains Landmark Horsham & Warracknabeal Nuseed Pacific Global Sprouts PB Seeds Unigrain Pty Ltd Westpac Banking Corporation

Ambulance Victoria Grampians Community Health Latrobe Community Health Service Mens Shed Horsham National Hearing Care Peter Mac Relay For Life Rural Northwest Health St John Ambulance West Wimmera Health Service West Wimmera Health Service - Home Care Western Victoria Primary Health Network Wimmera Drug Action Task Force Wimmera Health Care Group Wimmera Primary Care Partnership

Agfarm Ag Gear Agpoint Australia Agrichain Agricultural Energy Agritech Rural Pty Ltd AGT Foods Australia Alpha Group Consulting Baling Australia Best Environmental Technologies Boehringer Ingleheim CHS Broadbent Dr Nozzle drumMUSTER/ChemClear Farm Tender/ Delay Pay Farmers Edge Farmscan Ag Pty Ltd Geo Commodities Glencore Agriculture/Viterra Graincorp Operations Great Western Tillage GWM Water Liquid Systems (SA) Lowes Petroleum Service Next Instruments NuFarm Pioneer Seeds Precise Farm Solutions Precision Control Australia Quality Testing Ridley Agriproducts Superior Silos Ag Hub Topcon/ Horsham Auto Electrical Victorian Farmers Federation Western Ag Supplies WFI Wimmera GPS Wimmera Grain Company Pty Ltd Wimpak Pty Ltd

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AgLife – February 27, 2019 WMFD edition  

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