East Gippsland Field Days Guide 2022

Supplement to the Bairnsdale Advertiser, Lakes Post and Snowy River Mail, week commencing April 4, 2021. FRIDAY, APRIL 8 & SATURDAY, APRIL 9 B A I R N S D A L E A E R O D R O M E E A S T G I P P S L A N D FIELD DAYS 2022

For more information contact Event Coordinator Sue-Ellen Latham Woodchop Sheep Dog Trials Dog Agility Entertainment Children’s Activities Sheep Shearing Snake Pit Live Music on the Main Stage Great Food Evans Petroleum BMX Shows Historic Car and Truck Display (Saturday) BAIRNSDALE AERODROME FRIDAY 8 APRIL 9.00AM TO 4.30PM SATURDAY 9 APRIL 9.00AM TO 4.00PM and This will be a COVID Safe event Browse 200 exhibition sites Purchase online to save waiting at the gate NO DOGS ALLOWED M517384 FRIDAY, APRIL 8 & SATURDAY, APRIL 9 2 FEATURE | EAST GIPPSLAND NEWSPAPERS Get to theFieldDays It is the most iconic agricultural event on the East Gippsland calendar, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors since its inception in 1986. And last year’s bumper crowd showed that East Gippsland Field Days, which is run by the Lindenow Lions Club, is as loved by local businesses and families as ever before. Undeterred by the COVID pandemic that forced the cancellation of so many local events, East Gippsland Field Days returns to the Bairnsdale Aerodrome on April 8 and 9, featuring more than 200 agricultural and rural exhibitors, as well as music, food and family entertainment. East Gippsland Field Days chairman, Ronald Alexander, said that after a tough couple of years for local businesses, the field days was an important boost for the local economy. “The field days is an absolutely unique opportunity for the rural and agricultural entrepreneurs and businesses that make this region what it is to get out in the community and tell people about their products and services,”Ronald said. “There aren’t any other local opportunities where you can get your business in front of thousands of people, face to face, in a couple of days. It’s great for networking with other businesses in this sector, it’s a great place to raise awareness of what you do – it’s just a terrific couple of days all round.” Site bookings are open now and there is plenty of variety in sizes both powered and unpowered to choose from. To book a site, and for more information about the East Gippsland Field Days 2022, visit the field days website. What many people don’t realise is that in addition to supporting rural and agricultural businesses, some of the funds raised by the Lindenow Lions Club through the field days is donated back to local charities and community organisations each year. In recent years the funds from field days have helped Lindenow and district local sporting clubs, schools, kindergardens and various groups to upgrade facilities, purchase new equipment and uniforms and to complete a range of projects. “We think the people of East Gippsland really need fun, proud local events like this at the moment,” Ronald said. “We’ve all missed out on a lot these last few years, and so we’re determined to make sure the field days goes ahead and is a really special event.We hope the community shows up in big numbers to support it, just as field days has supported this community for so many years.” East Gippsland Field Days chairman, Ron Alexander (right), is excited to bring close to 200 exhibitors this year’s event, which will be held this Friday and Saturday at the Bairnsdale Aerodrome. K109B-3679 (2021)

FRIDAY, APRIL 8 & SATURDAY, APRIL 9 EAST GIPPSLAND NEWSPAPERS | FEATURE 3 M517381 9am: Evans PetroleumMain Entertainment Zone Opens (rows C and D) 9am: Playful Paws Dog Arena opens9am onwards: Children’s games – F20 and F21 9am: Sheep Dog Trials start (opposite main entrance) 9.30am - 10.30am: Bush Heritage Show – Equestrian Arena 10am: Gippsland Grammar School Bands – Main Stage 10am onwards: Black Snake Productions Reptile Shows – C15 11am – noon: Bush Heritage Show – Equestrian Arena 11am – 11.45am: The Roses – Main Stage 12pm-1pm: Gippsland Grammar School Bands – Main Stage 12.30pm - 1.30pm: Bush Heritage Show – Equestrian Arena 2pm - 3pm: Bush Heritage Show – Equestrian Arena FRIDAY, APRIL 8 9am: Evans PetroleumMain Entertainment Zone Opens 9am: Playful Paws Dog Arena opens 9am: Sheep Dog Trials commence (opposite main entry) 9am onwards: East Gippsland Historical Re-enactment Group and Legio XVIII display and Shows – I21 and J21 9am: Historical Car and Trucks on Show (row B and P) 9am onwards: Children’s games – F20 and F21 9am onwards: Wood Chop –Wood Chop Arena 9.30am - 10.30am: Bush Heritage Show – Equestrian Arena 10.30am: Todd Cook Band – Main Stage 11am – noon: Bush Heritage Show – Equestrian Arena 11.30am: Mike Elrington - Main Stage 12.30pm - 1.30pm: Bush Heritage Show – Equestrian Arena 12.30pm: Todd Cook Band – Main Stage 1.30pm: Mike Elrington 2pm - 3pm: Bush Heritage Show – Equestrian Arena 2.30pm: Cara Schaefer and Band – Main Stage SATURDAY, APRIL 9 PROGRAM OF EVENTS Hillywoodreturns Hillywood Tree Nursery (HTN) is excited to return to the East Gippsland Field Days. HTN is a family-owned and run business based in Briagolong that grows a range of trees and shrubs. Although it is a predominately wholesale production nursery, HTN sells to the public at its farm gate shop and of course at the East Gippsland Field Days. Since starting the business in 2016, HTN has expanded its range of native and deciduous trees and shrubs, now growing approximately 200 varieties. HTN prides itself on producing a quality product, which is especially important when dealing with living trees and shrubs. This ensures the plants have the best chance of successful establishment and longevity when planted in a landscape. “We are very much looking forward to showcasing our products at the Field Days this year, it is sure to be a busy one,” owner and manager of the nursery, Ed Mosley, said. “We will be bringing a range of trees and shrubs from small to large pot sizes, so be sure to come and say hello at site Q18.” You can contact Ed to discuss your plant needs. HTN is more than happy to take pre-orders for collection at the Field Days and their current availability list can be found on their website. Owner and manager of the Hillywood Tree Nursery, Ed Mosley, is keen to return to the East Gippsland Field Days. (PS)

Open Day See for yourself M517322 WE are STRONGER TOGETHER Drought, fires and now COVID - it’s messed with the mental wellbeing of everybody in Gippsland. We’ll all do much better when we start talking and connecting to friends, family and community. For ideas and support go to connect-well.com.au M517255 FRIDAY, APRIL 8 & SATURDAY, APRIL 9 4 FEATURE | EAST GIPPSLAND NEWSPAPERS Somuch tocelebrate After anabsenceof a fewyears,the always popular woodchop event returns to East Gippsland Field Days. The 2022 field days has reassembled all the classic elements of Australia’s best country shows, including sheep dog trials, shearing shed trials, dog obedience demonstrations, a timber milling display, local food vendors and plenty of kids entertainment. Thanks to additional funding for this year’s field days, there will be a full program of free live music, featuring The Todd Cook Band and blues and roots artist,Mike Elrington (bio below). Mike has been a singer-songwriter since he was 18 years old, releasing nine albums and touring throughout Australia, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Winter Olympian and world champion skier, Jacqui Cooper, will be the guest speaker at a special community breakfast to open the field days on the Friday. One hundred free tickets will be made available to the community ahead of the event. While sheepdogs and farm animals may not be new to field days audiences, Roman Legionnaires in full battle armour certainly are. On the Saturday, Legio XVIII of the East GippslandHistorical Reenactment Society will make its Field Days debut, authentically recreating the Roman army and Roman civilians of 9AD. There will be feasting, fighting, crafting and games, and locals will be iconic Byron Bay BluesFest, Bendigo, Sydney Blues and Roots festivals and Blues on Broadbeach to name but a few. Elrington has proven himself as one the hardest-working artists currently on the Australian scene, and over the last 20 years since the inception of his career as an 18-year old in Adelaide, has released nine albums and toured excessively throughout Australia, the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and New Zealand. Self-managed independent tours to the US have seen him grace stages of some of the most prestigious blues clubs in America, including Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco, JJs Blues in San Jose, The Cat Club on Hollwoods Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, The Sand Dollar Blues Lounge in Las Vegas and Sullivan Hall in NewYork City. After a jam-packed decade of extensive touring throughout not only Australia, but also New Zealand, Nashville and China for the Concrete andGrass festival in Shanghai,opening for US rock legends The Doobie Brothers in front of a sold-out Tivoli Theatre in Brisbane, and also taking out the prestigious singer/songwriter of the year crown at the Australian Independent Music Awards in Sydney, Mike also had the honour of getting a No.1 spot on the Australian National Blues/Roots Radio charts with his ground breaking, genre-bending new album Aftershock in 2020. able to try on armour and play recreated medieval games. East Gippsland Field Days chairman, Ronald Alexander, said that as the region continued to battle through tough times in recent years, field days played a vital role in bringing the community together. “There is so much to celebrate,” he said. “The innovation and creativity of our local businesses and organisations,and the support we all provide each other as a community – it’s what makes Field Days such a special gathering every year.” For more information about everything happening at the FieldDays this year, keep an eye on the Field Days website and Facebook page. MIKE ELRINGTON Mike Elrington is a gifted singer songwriter with incredible guitar skills. Standing at almost two metres tall, delivering his signature,gut-wrenching vocals like an instrument all on its own, very few people forget a performance from this man. The commitment to his live shows and the well-earned reputation for leaving nothing behind but sweat has seen him invited to performat some of Australias finest festivals, including the Todd Cook and Mike Elrington will perform on the main stage at the East Gippsland Field Days this weekend. (PS)

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FRIDAY, APRIL 8 & SATURDAY, APRIL 9 6 FEATURE | EAST GIPPSLAND NEWSPAPERS Gippsland Grammar’s Bairnsdale Campus will host an open day on Saturday, May 7, from 9-11am, for East Gippsland families wanting to discover the advantages of a complete ELC to VCE education at the leading independent school. Gippsland Grammar’s Bairnsdale Campus includes an Early Learning Centre offering three and four-year-old kindergarten programs as well as a foundation-year six campus, while the senior students from years 7-12 attend the Garnsey Campus in Sale. The school operates daily private busses from various East Gippsland locations including Bruthen and Lakes Entrance and a boarding house in Sale is a home-away-from-home for students from years 7-12 and includes casual, midweek or permanent boarding. Head of Bairnsdale Campus, Virginia Evans, invites East Gippsland families to discover the junior campus and discover the advantages of the school’s teaching and learning philosophies as well as the extensive extra-curricular programs. “The key advantage of a Gippsland Grammar education is the seamless transition we offer from kindergarten years through to our junior school and then to our senior campus,” Mrs Evans said. Gippsland Grammar principal, Leisa Harper,Ms Evans and Early Learning Centre director, Lisa Burgess, will all be available throughout the open day to welcome families to the Wy Yung campus which offers picturesque views of the Mitchell River. Student leaders will also be on hand to answer questions. A highlight of the open day will be the opportunity for families to explore Bairnsdale’s Early Learning Centre,which offers a three-yearold ‘Reception’ program and a four-year-old ‘Transition’ program and is rated as ‘exceeding’ the National Quality Standard. ELC director Lisa Burgess said the open day was a valuable opportunity for parents, carers and children to explore the beautiful purpose built classroom and landscaped nature playground after its recent redesign. “At the ELC we offer high-quality exceptional early childhood programs,” Mrs Burgess said. “Our team of teachers ensure our students are nurtured, challenged and extended to become positive, curious and life-long learners. “We understand the importance of the early years of your child’s education and will be on hand to discuss your child’s individual needs and explain all aspects of the educational program, which includes additional specialist lessons in music, Japanese and physical education. ELC children also have access to the library and have a year five older buddy to support them as they transition into school.” Gippsland Grammar School captain and year 12 student, Mia Mackintosh, who has been a student at Gippsland Grammar since ELC and attended the Bairnsdale Campus from years 36, said the two main advantages of such an environment had been maintaining the same friendships throughout as well as the ease in moving from junior to senior school. “I’ve developed many connections across all campuses at Grammar,” Mia said. “With friends I met in prep being some of my closest friendships now in year 12 and teachers from primary school still keeping in contact as well. And moving from the junior campus to senior was such a smooth transition, which is a credit to the year seven orientation week making the daunting change a lot less intimidating.” Mia also reflects that being at a single school for her entire education has made her passionate about Gippsland Grammar’s traditions. “These include the annual Cultural Festival, which is a day when I feel so inspired by the creativity and talent of my fellow peers,” Mia said. “As well as sporting events such as the athletics carnival where there is always an unspoken attitude of giving everything your best.” Complimentary coffees and a barbecue lunch will be available on the day. Discover theadvantage Bairnsdale Campus captains, Chelsea Trewin and Benjamin Reynolds. (PS) ELC transition student, Jack Ivey, plays with construction toys in the outdoor play zone. (PS) Feasting, fighting, crafting and games - you can see and do all this and more with East Gippsland Historical Reenactment Society, incorporating Legio XVIII at the field days. The society is dedicated to reenacting diverse aspects of life, throughout history up to about the year 1780, particularly Ancient Rome, for recreation and education. Head along to see members battle and drill, try on armour,play ancient andmedieval games, and see skilled craftspeople at work. If you like what you see, you might want to consider joining up. (PS) Want to save money till the cows come home? Talk to your local solar experts At RACV Solar, we know businesses in East Gippsland needa solar solution that can stand the test of time. It’s why we offer leading products with warranties of up to 40 years and always build our systems to last. And because RACV has been around for 117 years, you know we’ll be around to look after your solar installation for many more years to come. 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FRIDAY, APRIL 8 & SATURDAY, APRIL 9 EAST GIPPSLAND NEWSPAPERS | FEATURE 11 Expanding theosteo team East Gippsland Osteopathic Clinic has been established since 1998, and has been operating for the past 24 years, continuing to challenge its small business model by expanding its services to the local community. The new clinic located at McKean Street faced some uncertainty when it opened in early 2020 just after the bushfires impacted the communities and in the early stages of the pandemic. It has continued to grow from strength to strength with owner and principal osteopath, Dr Belinda Coulton, winning Osteopath of the Year in 2020-2021. Over the past two years with challenges of a pandemic, it has become increasingly difficult to recruit professionals across most work sectors, including health care. This makes the announcement from the team at East Gippsland Osteopathic Clinic an exciting one. They are expanding the healthcare services they offer across their clinics including the Bairnsdale Clinic in McKean Street. The new services include physiotherapy, speech pathology and osteopathic services with a focus on paediatric healthcare. Senior physiotherapist, Jane Strachan, has joined the team and will bring with her years of experience and focus on women’s health and pelvic health. Jane Strachan has a Masters of Clinical physiotherapy – Continence and Women’s Health which further endorses her clinical understanding in assessment and treatment options for her patients. Jane has a special interest in stress and urge incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse. “Providing local, high quality healthcare for rural and regional communities is a significant part of my ethos as a practitioner,” she said. Jane consults every third Tuesday from the Bairnsdale Clinic and every second Friday in the Sale Clinic. Physiotherapist Karen Humprhis recently joined the team and brings with her a wealth of clinical experience, having worked across many hospitals and community settings in the areas of orthopaedics, neurosurgery, rehabilitation, intensive care, musculoskeletal, aquatic therapy, aged care, neurology, women’s health and paediatrics. Karen says she feels that listening, empathy and understanding people wherever they are on life’s journey are the core foundations for helping them with their health goals. Karen is currently consulting in the Sale clinic three days a week. Joining the team is well known speech pathologist, Melissa Johnson, who has been a paediatric speech pathologist for more than 10 years, and has experience working with children with a broad range of disabilities and delays. Her special interest areas include the Autism Spectrum Disorders, paediatric feeding and literacy intervention. Melissa says that speech pathology is the perfect fusion for her passion for wholistic health and educational outcomes. Melissa is working across four clinics in Orbost, Bairnsdale, Sale and Traralgon. The Osteopathic team is also expanding with additional services being provided by principle Osteopaths Dr Belinda Coulton and Dr Patrick Callanan. Between them they have more than 60 years of clinical experience. Over the years Belinda and Patrick have refined their clinical skill in the area of paediatrics including a post graduate certificate in neonatal and infant paediatric manual therapy. They are both looking forward to helping out mums and bubs with a variety of health issues. Patrick said it is more than seven years since he consulted east of Sale so he’s looking forward to seeing some familiar faces. Belinda said she’s excited to be offering more appointments for her patients. They will be joining senior osteopath Dr Becky Hull, Dr Georgia Radic and Dr Mitchell Evans who already provide osteopathic healthcare services from the McKean Street Clinic which is located behind the hospital. So many healthcare services working together under one roofline right here in Bairnsdale to promote health and wellbeing for regional communities. Dr Belinda Coulton, Karen Humphris and Dr Patrick Callanan, of East Gippsland Osteopathic Clinic. (PS) Supporting Regional Victorians M517380 m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m See us at site C6 - C7 SERVICING EAST GIPPSLAND AND BEYOND TILT TRAY SERVICES CONTAINERS & SITE OFFICES FOR HIRE AUGER & EXCAVATION WEAR PARTS & TEETH MACHINERY ATTACHMENTS U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U ACCESS EQUIPMENT PORTABLE TOILETS MACHINE RENTAL U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U FULLY QUALIFIED TECHNICIANS TRACKS & UNDER CARRIAGE ON SITE SERVICING PUMPS & GENERATORS EQUIPMENT HIRE SERVICE, SALES & TRANSPORT 708 MAIN ST. BAIRNSDALE | (03) 5152 6230 H HHIIRREE EAST GIPPSLAND FIELD DAYS

M517256 FRIDAY, APRIL 8 & SATURDAY, APRIL 9 12 FEATURE | EAST GIPPSLAND NEWSPAPERS The Stockman’s Camp Show is great entertainment for the whole family, and you’ll even get to see some fancy whip cracking at the field days. See the natural talent of the working kelpies as they put their training and skills on display. (PS) The first Stockman’s Camp event, run by Darren and Cathy Williams, will start from 9.30am until 10.30am, then 11am until noon. The first afternoon show will begin at 12.30pm and finish at 1.30pm, followed by the final show, starting at 2pm. (PS) Writing toconnect Drought, Black Summer Bushfires andCOVID-19 have givenus a lived experience of adverse climate conditions, natural disasters, and pandemic. A lived experience refers to the situations that people find themselves in along with the choices they make, and the knowledge gained from those experiences and choices. One way to share knowledge of lived experience is through story-telling and writing,which can be therapeutic and even healing. Whether it be through self-reflective journaling or sharing stories via a blog or online forum, writing can be a helpful tool in the management of our struggles. Sharing stories can help those who may be having similar struggles and can connect with others and with the community. Don’t be too concerned with story writing perfection or worry that a story may not be interesting to others; even the greatest of writers have had those same anxieties. The important thing is to get started and to decide if you are writing your story for yourself or to share with others. In East Gippsland and Wellington, there is a website specially designed for local people to share their stories of struggles and triumph, of recovery and resilience. The ‘Your Story’ page on the Connect Well website is for anyone who has a story to tell. Word count doesn’t matter – your story can be as short or long as you want it to be, and you can also upload photos. Stories can be about of the Black Summer Bushfires impact and recovery, or about community events such as the East Gippsland Field Days or time spent with family. A story could be about local places,or the things people can do to counteract stress and build resilience. Those interested will find the Connect Well team at the East Gippsland Field Days (look for the giant yellow jigsaw pieces) and if you would like to have a chat about writing your story and uploading it to the Connect Well website. You can also email the Connect Well team for further information. The ‘Your Story’ page with details on uploading stories and photos can be found on the Connect Well East Gippsland andWellington website. Connect Well is bringing people together through story-telling and writing. (PS)

M517379 See us at Site GI23 ! ') ''# '&$"& *+ "((*$ & '*+ '( +!/ '% , 0 0 0 0 24+ YEARS Ne Service M517249 Site B15 " + ) " . / Simplifying theprocess The experienced team at Development Solutions Victoria is ready to help you with all of your planning and building approval requirements. When you engage Development Solutions Victoria, you are employing over 20 years of experience in the planning and building industry, with a high reputation of success for our clientele. The business is based in Bairnsdale and facilitates development throughout the whole of Australia. Development Solutions Victoria offer a wide range of development assistance, including but not limited to, preliminary planning advice, planning permits, building approval assistance, subdivisions, liquor licences and VCAT support. DSV work with you to get your application right the first time. From preliminary advice to VCAT representation, through to construction, DSV will take care of the entire process. Development Solutions Victoria have assisted in a wide variety of projects including, large community projects, subdivisions, commercial developments and everything in between. Their team members are friendly and experienced professionals, who pride themselves on providing you with the best service available. Look no further than Development Solutions at the East Gippsland Field Days. Customer satisfactionapriority Mow’n Save is one year in existence and the dream has become a reality. One hundred per cent locally owned and operated, starting with one mower, the team has expanded and services offered have broadened due to customer needs. “Customer satisfaction is our priority, and we strive to provide a service we are proud of. Our extensive range of equipment ensures we have the right tools for your job,” Mow’n Save’s Sebastian Cameron said. The past 12 months have not been without its challenges, lockdowns, record rainfall and of course a perfect climate for rapid lawn and garden growth. The team at Mow’n Save has been working around the clock to ensure these demands are met to keep its customers gardens under control. “Our seven day a week services include residential and commercial obligation free quotes, complete lawn and garden care, weed spraying, landscaping, mulching, high pressure cleaning of driveways, paths and gutters (single story), end of lease vacates and green waste removal,” Sebastian said. “We can also offer to beat your current rate by 10 per cent discount for the first six months (conditions apply).” Current service areas are between Bairnsdale and Lake Tyers Beach and surrounding suburbs. “We are a NDIS and Aged Care package authorised service provider and pensioner discounts also apply on request,” Sebastian said. “Let us take care of your gardening needs giving you peace of mind for your lawn and garden maintenance. “If you are looking for an opportunity to work within a great team, come and visit us for a chat.” Locally owned garden maintenance business, Mow’n Save, will be at the field days this weekend. (PS) FRIDAY, APRIL 8 & SATURDAY, APRIL 9 EAST GIPPSLAND NEWSPAPERS | FEATURE 13 The experienced team at Development Solutions Victoria is ready to help you with your project needs.(PS)

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Classicwoodchop tobecentrestage FRIDAY, APRIL 8 & SATURDAY, APRIL 9 16 FEATURE | EAST GIPPSLAND NEWSPAPERS The North and East Gippsland Axeman’s Associationwill be back at the East Gippsland Field Days after a few years away from the scene. You can find the group in a new spot in the south east corner,where there will be a variety of events taking place throughout the day with juniors, novice competitors and more experienced choppers putting on a display of their talents. The ladies get their turn in the Jack and Jill crosscut sawing events. These saws are finely tuned pieces of art and are very well looked after. Prices start at almost $3000 for new saws and the sky is the limit. Saws require regular servicing and once they have been resharpened a few times they lose their competitive edge. Listen out for the chainsaws, especially the production hot saws working their magic on a piece of woolybutt from the hills surrounding the area. There are a couple of real handy 084 and 088 Stihls that have had a fair amount of port work and an expansion chamber fitted to get themost out of them. There will also be up to 80cc and 100cc stock saws bouncing off the revlimiter in the stock saw sessions. Chain sawing involves boring through the centre of the log and then cutting down to the bottom of the log before completing the cut to the top. The next two biscuits are cut in a downward motion and then an upward cut to complete the task. All of this within 150mm of the end of the log for hot saws and 100mm for the stock saws. It’s not as easy as it seems to complete the three biscuits inside the lines. Chopping events consist of underhand, where competitors stand on the log,and standing block, which involves standing while facing the log. Juniors compete in underhand events and are required to wear mesh leg and feet guards. The leg guards are to help prevent accidents, as the axes are razor sharp. Both logs require a front where the competitor cuts approximately halfway through the log before moving to the back of the log and completing the cut. There are a wide variety of axes in use by competitors and if on goers are interested in finding out about them, ask one of the choppers to explain and to give a demonstration. One thing that is guaranteed is that you won’t pick one up at the local hardware store. Around 1.30pm the Field Days Cup will kick off, which will involve choppers from all age groups competing against each other in one single event. The back markers (highest handicap) will probably have a bit of catching up to do but watch for them towards the end of the event. It will all happen pretty quickly. If you’ve always wanted to give wood chopping a try, talk to one of the people on hand and they can point you in the right direction. The wood chopping and chain sawing events have always attracted a crowd at the field days and it will be no different when they return this weekend. K541-73 (2021) COME AND TALK TO THE EXPERTS WHO TEACH AND THE FARMERS THAT DO Information for both farmers large and small – with lots of take home fact sheets M517371 Site location: Next to ticket booth at entry gate Understanding your soils and its health from 0 to 100cm deep Short, medium and long term fodder storage options Improving wrapped silage quality inc. machinery displays Future proofing your farm with home grown fodder FREE kids activity packs and jumping castle Guided paddock walks: - Friday 3pm: Integrated forage production - Friday 4.30pm: Happy Hour and Economic Update - Saturday 10am: Understanding and improving paddock health and performance