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Genuine interest in trade, services
By PAULA THOMPSON
THE 55th Riverland Field
Days drew an estimated
14,000 people, providing a
big boost to the region's economy.
Many of the 400 exhibitors
reported more genuine interest and
better sales this year.
While horticultural production is a
usual focus, an extended grain lane
catered to the broad-acre
Field day chairman and Waikerie
citrus grower Anthony Fulwood
said that despite tough water
conditions on the second day, the
crowds kept pouring in.
"The field days brings in a lot of
outside businesses and gives locals a
chance to look at new things and
different products," Mr Fulwood
"The big machinery displays are
Mr Fulwood received good
feedback from exhibitors on their
sales, although tough seasonal
conditions in the region did have
"Some did say they probably
would have had a better field day if
we've received 25 to 50 millimetres
of rain just before," he said.
"All the farmers around here are
waiting for that 25 to 50mm of
"But we did have feedback from a
lot of exhibitors who were happy
with the customers they received."
Sites that won prizes this year
included Riverland Farm Machinery,
best machiner y; Bush Essentials,
best indoor site; GCB Motors, best
outdoor site (large); Laucke's Mill,
best outdoor site (small); and
grainassist, runner-up best outdoor
One that attracted particular
attention was Lyrup-based
horticultural equipment specialists
Gallard Ser vices, who imported
Australia's first FAE tree shredder.
The shredder saves farmers the
trouble of having to burn, and the
resultant dust-like substance out can
go straight into the orchard or
block for nutrient retention.
Another site that attracted plenty
of attention was an old citr us grader
from the early 1900s, demonstrated
by the Waikerie and Districts
Machinery Preser vation Society.
Riverland Field Days
The Mitolo Group's key account manager Liam
Connole with a range of their Ollo olive oil
products. The crops are grown at Riverland
locations including Woolpunda and Overland Corner
while production is at Waikerie. The cold-pressed,
extra-virgin olive oil is distributed nationally and
exported to China, the United States and Canada.
Laucke Mills, Daveyston, won best outdoor site-
small. The business was promoting its stock and
pet foods. Pictured are Chris Bray, Steve Fairey and
Winkie couple Mario and Lucy Centofanti grow
more than 2500 lavender plantings, covering more
than 20 varieties, to value-add to their two-hectare
property. The lavender is picked and distilled in
summer to produce a pure essential oil which is
then used in their Bella Estate range of products.
Pictured are Lucy (on right) and Raylene Couzens.
Riverland Farmers' Market manager Rosalyn
Kambouris, Barmera, at her stall in the field days.
She said the market focus is on fresh produce and
is held every Saturday from 7.30am to 11.30am at
the Senior Citizens Hall, Crawford Terrace, Berri.
THE only FAE tree shredder in Australia
was on-hand at Gallard Services, Lyrup.
The shredder works by pushing the
tree down, taking it up into the machine
and ejecting a fine dust-like substance.
Gallard's Rohan Frahn (pictured with
Jack Gallard) said this saved them the
trouble of burning as the dust-like
substance could be reused as mulch.
"This is an environmentally friendly
way to get nutrients back into the
soil," Rohan said.
"We're growers ourselves,
so we know what growers
The 5379-kilogram shredder was
teamed up with a 265-kilowatt Fendt
tractor -- it needs a machine with high
hydraulic capacity to lift it up.
The tractor has a reverse console to
give the driver a good
backing up and can
reach road speeds of up to 60km
an hour. The 'vario transmission'
feature enables the tractor to
self-adjust to its terrain.
Details: 08 8582 1671
'Dusty' glow for tree shredder
Backyard Bread's Elly Johnson was on
hand to talk to customers. The
Cobdogla-based business uses a wood-
fired oven in their backyard to create
handmade gourmet breads and spreads.
They make small batches using fresh,
locally grown, high-quality fruit and
vegetables and keep clear of artifical
presevatives, colours or flavours.
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