There was plenty to see and do at the annual Elmore Field Days event in Elmore last week.By Elaine Cooney
Spirits were high at the Elmore Field Days last week despite the windy weather.
Committee president David Trewick said attendee numbers had dropped by 20 per cent compared to last year, which he attributed to the weather.
Administration and public relations officer Sam Shotton said although numbers were down, exhibitor sales remained steady.
‘‘Exhibitors were pleased with the quality of the crowd,’’ she said.
Ms Shotton said new Epping exhibitor New Age Caravans was delighted with the business they conducted on site.
‘‘They sold four caravans over the three days and they are worth $50,000 to $80,000 each,’’ she said.
Mr Trewick said mid-range machinery was popular with plenty of on-site sales.
Ms Shotton said the vintage tractor display was also popular.
Lockington Heritage Centre organised 1963 tractors to drive around the site every day as part of the Elmore Field Days’ 50th Anniversary.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries marquee was busy, with attendees asking exhibitors questions about grain, native species, pests and diseases.
DEPI grains pathologist Frank Henry said he discussed the disease yellow leaf spot with farmers.
He said the disease could lead to a 20 per cent reduction in grain yields.
Mr Henry said farmers were keen to discuss the disease rust with him although it was not prevalent year.
The DEPI displayed a website feature which allowed farmers to see how difficult it would be to clear a patch of native vegetation on their property before going through with an application request.
ABC Central Victoria radio gardening guru Kevin Walsh spoke at the event about topical gardening issues.
He shared with the audience his eucalyptus garden mixture, which contained a teaspoon of eucalyptus oil, a teaspoon of liquid detergent and half a litre of water.
Mr Walsh said this was successful for treating aphids and cherry slugs in gardens.
DeLaval’s voluntary milking system marquee drew large crowds.
The system included a feeding and milking area.
DeLaval animal milking systems sales manager David Widdicombe said cows would be tagged with electronic information and, when they went through the system, it would automatically know if they were due to be milked after feeding.
The gate to the milking area or the exit to the paddock would open accordingly.
He said there was much interest in the machines but it was usually a 12-month decision period for farmers before a purchase.
Lely Australia won two major awards at the event; The Best In-Paddock Demonstration Award and Machine of the year Award.
The cause of a house fire at a vacant Shepparton house yesterday morning is under investigation.
After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
The recent Kyabram Master Pairs, played over six days with crack sides from near and far, attracted some talented bowlers eager to win the prestige event.
A small kitchen fire in Campaspe Community Children’s Centre caused the centre to be briefly evacuated this afternoon.
More residents coming forward to make official complaints is behind a rise in assaults in the Campaspe region, according to police.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
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Reigning Murray Valley Cricket Association premier Strathmerton was far too good for Finley on Saturday, registering a 115-run victory.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
Christmas is a time of giving and UnitingCare Cobram has joined forces with Target to ensure no stocking is left empty this festive season.
The official launch of the Murray Valley Industry Park facility today will see the announcement of the Deni Innovation Expo 2014 date.
SPC Ardmona, is sending eight containers loaded with $250,000 of fruit and vegetables to cyclone ravaged Philippines.
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