Farmers Optimistic About Next 2 Years: Survey

Farmers are optimistic about the next 24 months according to a survey completed at the 2012 Northland Field Days last week.

People who passed by the ODDJOB PR site were asked to write what they thought would happen in agriculture in the next two years on a post it and place it on a cork board.

More than 50 people took part in the survey with many optimistic about the future for the next 24 months.

According to Gareth Gillatt, ODDJOB PR owner, Gareth Gillatt the early season has been kind and prices for most New Zealand produce continues to be at an all-time high.

“Farmers are looking forward to a good next few seasons,” said Mr Gillatt. “This should flow through to a positive outlook for the rest of the country.”

The event saw a record 25000 people walk through the gate this year.

According to Mr Gillatt most of the site holders he had talked to had commented that farmers were definitely spending.

“Exhibitors have told me that farmers have come out with a shopping list and they’re looking to buy,” said Mr Gillatt. “That is the exact opposite to last year where farmers were battling tough weather and soft farmgate produce prices.”

Margaret Bishop from Newman Engineering shows off a 5.4 meter landplane custom designed and built for a Northland farmer

Other messages shared by people taking part on the survey were concerns about the environment and foreign ownership.

This has resulted in increased interest in alternative energy sources with a high number of solar panels and wind generators being made available at the event, with many exhibitors saying there had been a great amount of interest in their products.

The SolarPeak display was rarely without potential customers throughout the three-day event

“A lot of things have happened in the last five years and I think farmers know that they will start to make their presence known in the next three years.”

To learn more about the Northland Field days visit the Northland Field Days website or to find out what happened at the 2012 event read this blog post.

ODDJOB PR At Northland Field Days (Part 1)

What a week it was last week.

A record 25000 people attended the field days despite a looming weather bomb and there was plenty to see and do.


I spent three days wandering around the field days and met lots of great people, most of whom I took pictures of.

I have uploaded every single picture to my Google Plus account, if you had your picture taken and you’d like access to it you can get it from my Thursday March 1 album, Friday March 2 album or Saturday March 3 album.

I hope you had a good time and I’d love to hear back what you thought of the field days or what you think of the photos.

Just email me at gareth [at] oddjobpr [dot] com or leave a comment under the post and I will be sure to respond.

And be sure to check out Farmers Optimistic about net 3 years: Survey to see the results from a survey conducted at the field days.

Northland Field Days To Feature Innovative Road Stabilisation Technology

People heading to the Northland Field Days this year hoping to see the latest innovations on the market will just need to look at the ground they walk on.

Waipu company Gravel Lock NZ LTD, will be showing off their hydroscopic soil cement at their site and on several of the walkways and roads around the Northland Field Days this year.

According to Gravel Lock NZ LTD Director, Grant Lewis, it will be one of the general public’s first chances at seeing this technology in action.

“Outside of a few tests on local roads it will be the first time this product has been seen in public,” said Mr Lewis.

The company has made a name for itself with farmers, councils, construction companies and logistics companies worldwide with its durable, easy-to-use dust suppressants and soil cements.

The product being launched will be the first in the world that comes already pre-mixed for quick application.

According to Northland Field Days President, Lew Duggan, the field days has had a long history of bringing new and innovative products to the attention of the public.

“People come to the field days expecting to see the latest things available and the most current things on the market,” said Mr Duggan. “From alternative energies to the latest in animal medicines we’ve got it all.”

To see the latest in agricultural and gardening products visit the Northland Field Days on March 1 – 3 in Dargaville.

Or to see what else is happening at the Field Days visit

Get your picture taken and your voice heard with ODJOB PR at the 2012 Northland Field Days

With 500 something exhibitors and more than 20,000 visitors it can sometimes be hard to have your voice heard out from the crowd at the Northland Field Days.

I want to make it easier.

During the next three days I will be walking from site to site taking pictures of you at work, talking to customers and then upload them onto the ODDJOB PR Google Plus page.

Feel free to download them, share them with the local paper, print them in your local newsletter or do anything you like with them. They’re yours for the taking.

You will also get your chance to have your voice heard.

Pundits and politicians have tried to tell us what the next two years holds for agriculture in New Zealand but I think that you have a better idea about the state of the country than them.

If you head down to my mini site in the front of rural Pavilion 1 off Bertolini Boulevard you will see a cork board, post its and pins. Write what you think will happen in the agriculture sector in 2012-2014 and I will take that informatin and present it to the world.

I look forward to meeting you all at the field days, I hope you head out there and I hope you have a great time.

2012 Northland Field Days To Make Everything Even Closer

Northland Field Days Layout

It will be even easier to find the things that you want at the Northland Field Days on March 1 -3 thanks to a massive redesign says Northland Field Days president Lew Duggan.

While wide corridors, well-marked lanes and strategically-placed maps have always made it easy for people to get from one feature to another Mr Duggan said the layout had been redesigned to make sure that amenities were even more accessible than previous years.

“This year people should only be 20 meters away from food at any given time,” said Mr Duggan.

The sites had also been grouped in interest-based sections to ensure that people didn’t have to walk too far between the sites that interested them.

According to Mr Duggan this change was made because the site was so large and the sites were so varied that people often weren’t able to take in everything they wanted to even after coming to the event on multiple days.

“This year you will be able to walk less and see four times as much,” said Mr Duggan. “And this is more important than ever thanks to all the events and competitions that have been scheduled for the event.”

Held on March 1 – 3 in Dargaville Northland Field Days is arguably the largest regional agricultural event in New Zealand.

For a map of the site, to book your ticket or to learn more about the Northland Field Days go to the website

Northland Field Days Amongst First To Offer E-Tickets

Nothland Field Days eTickets

If you want to dodge the ticket queues at the Northland Field Days in Dargaville from March 1- 3 this year you will be able to go online.

The Northland Field Days has teamed up with iTicket for the first time ever to let people buy tickets online with a credit card, print them off and then present them at the gate for the first time in 2012 allowing them to shave a lot of time off waiting times.

It is one of the first regional field days to offer this method of ticket booking.

According to Northland Field Days president, Lew Duggan, farmers and agricultural businesses are starting to move online so it is important that they are able to interact with the Northland Field Days in that space as well.

“With so much of people’s lives being online these days it was only fitting that we were online as well,” said Mr Duggan.

According to Northland Field Days staff the availability of online tickets are just part of a digital overhaul of the Northland Field Days website.

Anybody interested in going to the field days can now see the upcoming events, exhibitors maps, a list of competitions and a list of giveaways and free activities and services available at the day as well as regular updates from the organization’s Facebook page.

“People will be able to come to the field days better prepared than ever before,” said Lew Duggan. “The new website will make many people’s Field Days trips easier, more enjoyable and more worthwhile.”

To celebrate the new site the Northland Field Days was giving away entry and a meal for you and three friends as well as a helicopter ride for one of the first 1200 people to like the Northland Field Days page on Facebook.

To find out more about what’s going on at the Northland Field Days visit or go to their Facebook page

Northland Field Days Attendance Numbers Likely To Hit 26000 Mark: President

Northland Field Days Gate

An estimated 26000 people could turn up to the Northland Field Days at the beginning of March according Northland Field Days president Lew Duggan.

Mr Duggan predicted 20% more people to come than the year before due to better weather and economic conditions.

The previous record for people attending the field days was 24,000 in 2010.

With commodity prices being high and stable farmers were in a better position than they were 12 months ago.

“Last year Northland was in the middle of one of the region’s worst droughts,” said Mr Duggan. “This year we have had one of the best summers ever and prices for milk, meat and wool are staying high.”

According to Mr Duggan a good early season usually translates into a lot of people through the Northland Field Days gate.

“If the numbers increase and spending remains as high as last year then the event and exhibitors could be looking at the biggest event ever,” said Mr Duggan.

As well as expecting lots of entries for the $40,000 gate prize pool, organisers expected there to be an increase in the number of visitors from cities and towns at the event.

With more Auckland and Whangarei workers commuting from rural areas in the Kaipara and choosing to work from home the Northland Field Days has seen an increase in the number of urban visitors attending the field days.

With these changing demographics our event provides perfect opportunities for merging town and country and allowing further insight and understanding between our rural agriculture and urban sectors.

Organisers are confident there would be plenty of activities there for everybody to take part in as the committee had shaken up the layout and the planned events and demonstrations to make sure everybody was catered to.

“We’re known as being the ‘friendly field days’ and being friendly means being all-inclusive,” said Mr Duggan. “There will be something at the Northland Field Days for every single person, no matter their interest or circumstances.”

And, with a few sites still available there were chances for businesses and groups around New Zealand to claim a small slice of the Northland Field Days.

Held on March 1 – 3 in Dargaville the Northland Field Days is arguably the largest regional agricultural event in New Zealand.

2012 Northland Field Days To Have Tractor Fires And Jousting

There will be no shortage of action and excitement at the Northland Field Days this year as the fire service demonstrates why it’s so important to keep your tractor engine free of bird’s nests and Northland and Auckland riders get medieval on each other.

The Northland Fire service will be setting a tractor on fire twice a day at the Northland Field Days this year to teach farmers about the importance of checking in tractor hoods for birds nests.

Birds that build nests under unattended tractors frequently result in the loss of the tractor and other expensive farm equipment and Northland Fire Service Fire Safety Officer, Craig Bain, said it is important that farmers know how to take care of their machines and what will happen if they don’t.

The demonstration which will be held at 11am and 3pm each day and it will be a timely reminder for farmers given the later summer of 2012.

With Farmers Mutual Group, a major agricultural insurer, seeing a 13% increase in the number of tractor fires over the last two years and 15-20 tractor fires a year in Northland alone, Bain says tractor fires are one of their bigger problems in rural communities.

“We want to heighten the awareness around the fact that these things happen,” says Bain. “We want to give farmers tips on how they can circumvent it happening.”

Any farmer interested in learning more about the steps needed to prevent tractor fires should go to site 57 at the end of Total Span Alley up by the Tractor Pull Competition.

If your interest is a little more medieval, then perhaps you would like to head to the events arena where there will be a demonstration of jousting from 1pm-2pm Thursday & Friday. Saturday 10am-11am & 1.30pm -2pm. Events Arena is on Entrance Esplanade.

Whangarei-based knight, Vicky Subrtizky, and Pukekohe-based knight John King will joust in 13th century armor.

Subrtizky is looking forward to the event.

“It’s a good opportunity to have serious fun.”

Held on March 1-3 in Dargaville the Northland Field Days has a range of events and attractions for the whole family. From Doug the Digger to lawnmower racing, to the tractor pull, there is something for everybody at the Northland Field Days.

To learn more about what’s on at the field days this year go to

$40,000 in Prizes Up For Grabs at 2012 Northland Field Days

Northland Field Days Prize Pool

If you attend the Northland Field Days this year you might be going home with one of two prize packs worth more than $20,000 say organisers.

Northland Field Days organisers have worked with a number of sponsors to put together two massive gate prize packs with a combined value of more than $40,000 for the first time ever.

Some of the big ticket items included in the prize packs include a quad bike donated by Rouse Motorcycles, a kayak, a portable hot house and a portable 5000 litre water tank.

Lew Duggan, Northland Field Days President was stunned by the generosity of companies in what is essentially an experiment by the organisation.

“I am blown away by what people from the community have been prepared to give,” said Mr Duggan. “There are some very special businesses out there that are more than happy to share their good fortune.”

There were two gate prizes on offer, a rural gate prize that is only available to farmers and a lifestyler prize which is available to everybody.

According to Mr Duggan the prize packs were only an indication of how action packed the 2012 Northland Fielddays would be.

And with the even being held in Dargaville on the 1st and 3rd of March just 2.5 hours north west of Auckland and 40 minutes west of Whangarei it would make for an unforgettable day trip for many.

“I think we could be looking at a record breaking attendance this year,” said Mr Duggan.

People interested in the rules and contents of the gate prize can see exactly what is up for grabs online at