Agricultural field days are a great way for farmers and agricultural workers to learn more about their craft, connect with like-minded individuals and so much more.
There are a huge range of agricultural field days on offer in Australia and New Zealand throughout 2024. We've put together this guide with a comprehensive overview of the most popular field days.
We've also included a description of each event, making it easy to find the right one for you.
What are agricultural field days?
Field days are the agriculture industry's answer to trade shows. Instead of being held in a conference hall, they generally take place in large outdoor areas.
They are primarily designed to showcase agricultural machinery and equipment. Attendees have the chance to chat with representatives and even see technology in action. It's a great way to make more informed purchases for your farm.
Other common features of agricultural field days include:
Sound like your kind of time? Check out our complete guide to the 2024 agricultural field days calendar for Australia and New Zealand.
Agricultural field days Australia and New Zealand calendar
We've compiled a total of 39 field days for you to consider. They are organised by the Australian state or New Zealand island they take place in.
Within each area, the order of field days is based on the time of year they take place.
New South Wales
This highly popular field day includes machinery exhibitions and plenty of delicious bites. It's well worth the trip for members of the agricultural community of far west NSW.
A leading agricultural event in the Hunter, Newcastle and Central Coast regions, Tocal Field Days boasts over 340 exhibitors.
Categories of interest include machinery, remote devices, solar energy and livestock. There's also plenty of delicious food to dine on.
Attracting around 10,000 people each year and around 200 exhibitors, this field day covers a diverse range of industries. It's an excellent choice to visit for any agricultural professional.
One of Australia's largest coastal-based agribusiness events, Primex Field Days steps outside the bounds of agriculture and features exhibitions from industries like forestry, fishing and natural resources.
It even has a foodie hub, offering a unique spin on the increasingly popular farm-to-table philosophy. Make the trip to Casino, NSW for 3 unforgettable field days.
Nyngan Ag Expo will return on 3 August, 2024. 2023 saw an Expo boasting arts and crafts, sheep dog trials and a famous tractor pull.
Exhibitors, agricultural professionals and recreational visitors alike are sure to have a great time at Nyngan Ag Expo 2024.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023, AgQuip Field Days is all set for an epic 2024 edition. With over 100,000 visitors and 3,000 products and services on display, there's plenty on offer at AgQuip Field Days for attendees and exhibitors alike.
Dates for Berry Small Farm Field Day 2024 have yet to be announced. After a great 2023 showcase including Sustainable Living Features, the Millpaca Livestock Pavilion and a brilliant program of demonstrations.
Berry Small Farm Field Day is the perfect place for more modest agribusinesses to find events and showcases tailored to their needs.
Described as southern Australia's largest agricultural event, Henty Machinery Field Days is a must-attend event for all the latest and greatest in agribusiness.
Henty Machinery Field Days boasts some jaw-dropping statistics. In 2023, $50 million worth of machinery and technology was showcased by over 800 exhibitors on the 105ha site.
Bring your walking shoes and prepare to find your new favourite innovation.
Located just 40 minutes from Canberra, Murrumbateman Field Days goes beyond simply being a leading agricultural field day. It also has exhibitions focussing on home improvement, fashion, local food and wine and much more.
This has earned it a reputation as NSW's premier family farming event, with something for the whole tribe to enjoy.
The oldest agricultural exhibition in Australia, these field days show off more than 600 exhibitors each year. In addition to showing off some of the finest livestock and agricultural machinery in Australia, it offers daily fashion parades, cooking demonstrations and a rural art competition.
Like any great agricultural event, Farm World includes over 100 acres of exhibition displays showing off remarkable equipment and livestock.
Farm World also includes a 3-day Equestrian Expo and the Telstra Women in Ag lunch. And don't forget the famous Farm World Rodeo.
Wimmera Machinery Field Days is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2024. For the duration of its history, it has focussed on innovation and development in primary production and agribusiness. Expect more of the same in 2024.
Located in the Bairnsdale Aerodrome, East Gippsland Field Days is a major event for one of Australia's most significant agricultural regions. It is home to Australia's largest fishing fleet and is responsible for 25% of Victoria's hardwood output.
Head to East Gippsland Field Days to discover the latest innovations from this emerging region.
With a focus on backyard and small-scale farming, Seymour Alternative Farming Expo is another excellent field day option for more modest operations. Approximately 400 exhibitions help attendees discover technology, practices and trends in alternative farming.
Highlights of Mildura Field Days 2023 included native animal presentations and a vehicle display from the Mallee Sunset Ute Club. Expect tons of entertainment and an excellent sampling of agricultural innovation at Mildura Field Days 2024.
If you require new farming machinery, head to the Mallee Machinery Field Days 2024. There, you'll find over 350 exhibitors showing off some of the best agricultural equipment around.
Local sheep farmers shouldn't miss one of the premier events on the field days calendar. Over 25,000 visitors flock to this event each year, offering insights and networking opportunities you can't miss out on.
Bring the family along to Elmore Field Days 2024. There, you'll find an astonishing range of exhibitors delivering the greatest innovations in Australian agriculture.
There are also plenty of other showcases to keep the whole family entertained. These include food, live music and much more.
Wandin-Silvan Field Days will return in 2024, offering its unique focus on agriculture and horticulture. In addition to the chance to browse some of the best machinery in the industry, these field days have plenty of unique events on offer in the coming year.
These include BK Carving, an award-winning local chainsaw sculptor and the Yarra Valley Machinery Preservation Society display. It's easy to bring the whole family, as children under 15 are admitted free.
Known for showcasing innovative technology in Australian agriculture, FarmFest Field Days 2024 will feature over 2,000 companies and organisations coming together. It's a can't-miss event for locals looking to be in the know when it comes to the latest in the industry.
Ag-Grow Field Days' location in central Queensland makes it ideal for visitors and exhibitors far and wide to descend on Emerald. Hundreds of exhibitors will be there in 2024, making it an event you won't want to miss.
Celebrating its 50th iteration in 2023, Wagin Woolorama will return in March 2024 for an industry-leading sheep farming event. In years past, the event has featured highlights like a prestigious livestock show, art, photography, rides and entertainment.
Expect another event to remember in 2024.
Following a 2024 theme of 'Where Nature Thrives', this unique event offers highlights like an annual scarecrow competition and a focus on wine, beer and spirits exhibitions. Of course, it's also a great place for local farmers to check out machinery and trends in small-farm agriculture.
Dowerin Machinery Field Days prides itself on entertaining the family on top of excellent machinery showcases. Sponsors like the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the Western Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development help to make this one of the most impressive events in the country.
One change coming to Mingenew Midwest Expo in 2024 is its dates. It has moved to Thursday and Friday.
This is hoped to help make it a more accessible event for families. There's even camping and accommodation available for an immensely fun trip for all ages.
The Newdegate Machinery Field Days has a broad swathe of events and showcases on offer. In addition to showcasing some of the latest innovations in agricultural machinery and technology, it also focuses on arts, fashion, food and wine.
Head to Luncindale for the Southeast Field Days, with over 500 exhibitors focussing on showcasing innovation in agricultural products and equipment.
It also has a strong competitive streak. Competitions include the South Australian Yard Dog Association State Championships and the Scrap Metal Art Competition.
The Light Regional Farm & 4×4 Expo is described as "a barometer for social, economic, agricultural prosperity and growth in the entire region."
With that in mind, it is not to be missed for local agricultural professionals. It's an ideal way to discover the latest in agricultural machinery and other equipment.
Described as the ultimate Murraylands experience, there's a massive range of exhibitions and activities on offer at Karoonda Farm Fair. It's also known for a huge array of competitions in categories such as art, crochet and the biggest pumpkin.
This biannual event will return to Cleve in August 2024. With an ongoing mission to inspire the local rural community with outstanding agricultural innovation, the 2024 Eyre Peninsula Field Days are not to be missed.
In addition to exhibiting the top products, machinery and services of the region, Riverland Field Days also hosts a famous Ag-Art Wear competition, showcasing wearable pieces of agricultural art. Why not showcase your creative side while enjoying the trade show?
The Yorke Peninsula Field Days utilise 30 hectares of space to showcase the best latest agricultural equipment and technology. The event program also boasts fashion parades, working sheep dogs and guest speaker presentations.
Agfest (2-4 May, Carrick)
Agfest is the only Tasmanian field day included on the Association of Agricultural Field Days Australia register. As such, it's a can't-miss opportunity for farmers in the island state.
Agfest hosts more than 50,000 attendees and offers a wide range of exhibits and activities to appeal to anyone and everyone. This includes ag-artwear showcases, a livestock handlers competition, craft pavilions and much more.
New Zealand: North Island
With over 300 exhibitors, 2 lifestyle pavilions and 3 food courts, there's something for everyone to enjoy at the 2024 Northland Field Days.
Attracting over 27,000 people each year, Central Districts Field Days offers a glimpse of the future of New Zealand agriculture. In addition to exhibiting cutting-edge agricultural equipment, there's plenty of other activities to indulge in.
These include adrenaline-pumping FMX shows and showing off amazing local brews.
Fieldays (12-15 June, Hamilton)
Fieldays lays claim to the title of the Southern Hemisphere's largest agricultural event. It features a strong focus on innovation in agriculture, and even features the Innovation Hub to showcase the true cutting edge of New Zealand agriculture.
New Zealand: South Island
Attendees to the 2024 Southern Field Days can enjoy innovation awards for the greatest developments in agricultural technology. There's also the tractor pull and competitions for fencing and sheep shearing.
Going back over 70 years, the South Island Agricultural Field Days focusses on giving visitors the chance to see machines in a working state. This provides a unique perspective and helps farmers identify the right equipment for them.
Returning for its seventh year, AgFest West Coast places a spotlight on the agriculture of the West Coast region. Discover all the latest happenings in Kiwi agriculture in one of the country's most beautiful regions.
Benefits of attending agricultural field days
Attending agricultural field days can offer plenty of benefits to attendees. Here are a few reasons to consider making your way to one or more of these field days in 2024:
- Agricultural field days offer a chance to explore the latest advancements and technology in farming.
- It's the perfect opportunity to find and integrate new products for your farm while connecting directly with manufacturers.
- You can also attend as an exhibitor or showcase your livestock and products, creating networking opportunities and potential sales.
- Perhaps most importantly, agricultural field days are lots of fun and allow you to connect with your community.
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