My First Field Days

By Brooke Wennerbom

As we were driving through the gates of the Australian National Field Days in Borenore, I was struck speechless as curiosity was taking over me.

Taking in all the colours, the smells and the sounds from all of the different machines, I didn’t know where to look first. Having my colleague Karen by my side was fantastic, she’s had many years of experience in the industry and could explain almost everything to me.

As we got to our site, and after setting up, our stand was right near Telstra and camera house which are two companies I was not expecting to see on the day, so I had a chance to duck over there and see what they had to offer.

I had the whiff of breakfast hit my nose and drag me towards the big food shed where numerous stands with all different food varieties were on offer. It was a nice change to have so many people from these stands be happy and ready to serve you.

Once returning back to our stand after the biggest serving I had ever received of bacon and eggs, we the returned back to our stand and were open and ready to talk to our farmers. It was relatively quiet for the morning but quickly picked up about 9 am. A lot of friendly farmers and esteemed industries leaders popped by our site to ask us many questions which surely kept me on my toes. I found it much more challenging talking face to face than over the phone but hey, it was a great experience. I spoke with one farmer who I swear was more interested in telling me about his life on the farm then actually buying a silo but I enjoyed every minute of it. Hearing different farming stories, learning as I go a little more from each person really made my experience at the Australian National Field Days more rewarding.

My eyes were peeled keeping a look out for other exhibitor’s field of work as some of them I had never heard or seen anything like it before. It was great having Karen with me, as she was able to explain so much to me on the variety of different grain cooling, drying and aerating machines and several products.

Over the course of the 2 days I attended the ANFD, I have been able to expand my knowledge on agribusiness and the farming industry, I was able to analyse and acknowledge our competitors and with that I thank my work for letting me be a part of such a great event, can’t wait for next year.

See you at the next Australian National Field Days.