Fieldays 2014 a success despite stormy start

The 46th NZ National Agricultural Fieldays started less than ideally, with strong winds and heavy rain dampening spirits and ruining the efforts of many days' work setting up immaculate sites.

However, National Fieldays isn’t home to those who make up the backbone of New Zealand for nothing. Teams of workers simply got stuck in, reset sites, tidied up, and got ready for business. And they weren’t disappointed. While numbers through the gates were down over the first two days, those who did come were serious buyers.

“We might not have had the expected volume of people through on Wednesday and Thursday but they were here for the right reasons,” says Case IH operations manager Tim Fanning.

“Despite the drop in dairy payout, from what we experienced there’s still plenty of confidence out there.”

CFMoto NZ general manager Dale Schmidtchen agrees, saying CFMoto achieved all of its goals and more.

“It was our first time at National Fieldays and we had a fantastic time, selling everything we had on site and taking plenty of orders, particularly for our UTV range.”

First time international visitor to National Fieldays and CFMoto director Mike Poynton admitted to being ‘blown away by the sheer size of the event’.

With almost 120,000 visitors through the gates over the four days, the stormy weather of the first two days was thankfully replaced by sunshine, allowing the 900 exhibitors showcasing their products to shrug off their wet weather gear.

National Fieldays CEO Jon Calder was happy to see the event finish on a high, with more than 32,000 visitors through the gates on the final day.

“I particularly wish to commend the stand-out effort from all our staff and volunteers, their positive attitude right through from the early hours of Wednesday morning when fierce winds and rain could have threatened our event, and their constant ability and readiness to roll up their sleeves and just make things happen.

“Despite two rough days, we’ve seen just short of 120,000 visitors to this year’s event. I’d like to thank our exhibitors, particularly those who stepped up and made amazing award-winning sites, for helping us put on another great event for 2014. The relevance of this year’s Premier Feature theme has been very evident throughout the event and appears to have fit really well with the sector and our international visitors, indicating Fieldays plays an integral part in New Zealand’s agribusiness.”

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