The Southern Field Days impressed Tamworth Regional Council deputy mayor Helen Tickle.
Mrs Tickle was no stranger to large field days. She had attended the AgQuip field days held in Gunnedah in New South Wales, the largest in the southern hemisphere, she said. The event attracted about 130,000 visitors over three days.
Mrs Tickle was brought up on a farm so she was familiar with the rural sector.
The growing of fodder beet was of particular interest.
“We don’t have that,” Mrs Tickle said.
She had seen the crop while travelling to Gore and managed to catch up with feed sales people at the field days and learned more about the benefits of fodder beet.
There were marked differences between farming in NSW and Southland, she said. Farming in Southland was a lot more intense.
The farming of hill country or ridges was not done in Australia and pine tree wind breaks were not part of the landscape, either.
Even though Southland had experienced a drier than normal summer it was still very green, Mrs Tickle said.
NSW was in the midst of a severe drought.
“It’s very dry out there at the moment. We’re going into autumn and there is no rain. It is serious.”
Another difference was the size of the agricultural equipment. In Australia the equipment was much bigger.
Mrs Tickle commended the Southern Field Days committee on hosting a wonderful event.
“It’s just wonderful to see Gore hosting that [the field days].”
There were a lot of benefits for communities hosting field days, she said.
As well as attending the field days she also had a tour of Gore district attractions.
“That was extremely interesting as well. I had a good look around Gore. I’ve fitted a lot into two days.”
It was Mrs Tickle’s first trip to the South Island.
“But it won’t be my last.”