Positive mood at field days

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Fine specimens . . .Charollais
Sheep New Zealand owners Peter
and Matt Ponsonby, of Lawrence, show off their ram lambs at the field days.

Optimism was in the air during the first day of the Southern Field Days.
The array of wares on sale covered a wide spectrum, from underwear and socks through to heavy machinery.
It was the fourth time Fanny Adams underwear company owner Toni Adams, of Rotorua, had attended the field days.
“I love it; it’s my favourite show,” Ms Adams said.
She thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and the southern people and it was also financially lucrative, she said.
Charollais Sheep New Zealand owners Peter and Matt Ponsonby, who are based in Lawrence, were attending the rural extravaganza for the seventh time.
The father and son team had a selection of ram lambs on display.
Matt was keen to tell passers-by about the positive attributes of the breed, which included fast growth, good weaning weights, easy lambing and high meat yield.
The stud attracted new clients at the field days, they said.
“It’s great to talk to farmers,” Peter said.
Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks described the event as superbly organised and paid tribute to the committee’s organisational skills, which produced a smooth-running event.
Gore district councillor and businessman Doug Grant said the event was good for all the district.
It was a good chance for retailers to showcase their wares and capitalise on the huge influx of visitors, he said.
“It showcases Eastern Southland.”
Gore District Council economic development co-ordinator Ceri Macleod said the local body’s site had been busy.
A lot of international visitors were visiting the site, she said.
There were also people expressing interest in doing business in the area.
Mrs Macleod had lived in the region for two years and this was the first field days she had attended.
“It’s huge. I can’t believe the variety of things there are here,” she said.