Great turn-out at the West Midlands Group 2017 Spring Field Day

By Anne Wilkins, Executive Officer, West Midlands Group.

There was a great turn-out – more than 140 people – at the very successful West Midlands Group 2017 Spring Field Day held recently in Badgingarra.

Heping Zhang, Bill Bowden and Steve Cosh of DPIRD
Heping Zhang, Bill Bowden and Steve Cosh of DPIRD

The day was jam-packed with activities and information, including from the National Variety Trials (NVT), the latest Research and Design information, and equipment displays. Among the displays and presentations to attract lots of attention was one from FEC Electrical showcasing the benefits of implementing solar power and solar pumping, and another from the Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development’s Jim Miller who talked about the threat of wild dogs in the Mid West region.

“We have found that it is not ‘Fluffy’ running out of town and killing a few sheep – we have wild dogs,” Mr Miller said.

“Wild dogs with high percentage of dingo DNA have been shot at both Gingin and New Norcia.”

Rabobank WA Regional Manager Crawford Taylor presented a positive outlook for the coming year, despite growing global geopolitical tensions. He said wool was expected to go from strength to strength, and beef and lamb prices were forecast to soften modestly.

In response to the poor 2017 growing season, Ashley Herbert from Agrarian delivered a presentation on how to make a decision on cropping versus pastures, and highlighted the advantages of July lambing. Speaking on the same ‘hot, dry year’ topic, Dave Gossafe from the Volunteer Fire Brigade Association clarified what farmers are expected to do during the summer season in accordance to the Bushfire Act.

Well-known stand-up comedian Werzel Montague finished-off the day with some stress-relieving humour.

Thank you to Rabobank for sponsoring the sundowner and to all the sponsors including the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council who helped make the day a great success. And special thanks to Graham and Mel White for hosting the event and to everyone who attended, please get in touch if you have any ideas about speakers or displays for the 2018 Spring Field Day.

We had very positive feedback from the day.  NACC support always appreciated!

This event was supported by NACC through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme as part of the Regional Landcare Facilitator project.

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