Friday and Saturday are full of great demonstrations, talks and activities that cover a wide area of interest, and something for every member of the family from professional farmers right through to kids.
Horsemanship & horse education
with Kate Fenner of Kandoo Equine.
Kate has spent her lifetime with horses, in Australia and throughout the world, is a well-qualified teacher having held instructor positions in Singapore, USA, UK and Australia. A firm believer that horse owners need to know how to train their horse, you can meet Kate and see her demonstrations over both days of the field days.
Pony Club from Gulgong With a wide range of activities from Troop Drill, Mounted Games, Jumping Demo & Vaulting, the Pony Club members will be talking about getting involved in your local club. Show Horse Presentation Maurice Irving of Heavy Horses
Animal Nursery & Poultry Pavilion Small, cute, rare & unusual, the inhabitants of the Animal Nursery are an ever popular attraction with visitors, come and see our farm yard friends. The Poultry Pavilion features chickens of a wide variety with many pairs available for sale from breeders. This colourful display of poultry is the best you will see anywhere.
Agronomy Plots Straw Bale & Sustainable building. Why do we build houses from the things we do? With the cost of living in a house becoming increasingly important with the escalation of energy prices, building comfortable homes that are well insulated and less expensive to build is something we should all consider. Straw Bale home builder Sam Vivers of Viva Homes will be running talks and demonstrations to discuss efficient house design and the use of natural building materials such as straw, cob, and lime renders. Joining Sam will be knowledgeable suppliers of sustainable building products, Trent from rice straw supply company Straw.com.au and master glassier Vince Kelly, on hand to speak to you.
Hazelnuts for fun and profit.
Find out about growing hazelnuts for sustainable profit, see how mechanical nut harvesting works and much more.
Rose garden establishment and care. Selecting a site, preparing to soil, and choosing the variety are important considerations in establishing a rose planting. Rose enthusiast David Mears in conjunction with ‘Living Earth’ , will hold demonstrations of rose bed establishment along with pruning, care and growing tips.
Growing form bare rooted stock. Watershed Land Care Lecture Series held in the Straw Bale building topics this year will cover; – Poultry for fun and profit. – Pigs – Pasture
Fencing with John Price
With decades of professional fencing under his belt, John shares hard earns tips and truisms on a wide variety of fencing types and situations. Practical demonstrations of fencing for different livestock, gradients, soil types and materials, all given with some good bush humor.
Fishing Clinics on the Dam
NSW Fisheries will running fishing clinics for young and old at the dam throughout the field days using the best release techniques. Information on all aspects of recreational fishing is available, come along catch a fish and have chat.
This little piggy went to the field days. Follow Rebecca Sutton through a series of talks during each day as she starts out with a whole side of piglet and ends up with a slow roasted Pork Tenderloin with chocolate and orange sauce. Yum. The right cut for your cooking. Understanding cuts of meat is key to getting the most out of you meat purchases and selecting cuts for new cooking creation. Award winning butcher Clint Ramien of S&S Meats, will break down sides of lamb and beef with clear explanations of the cuts and how they relate to your cooking.
Yard Dog Trials
A sport not often televised, but the contestants are highly trained, graceful in their execution and the ultimate team players, of course this is Yard Dog Trialing. Apart from the display of skills and the chance to win the days competition, these working dogs play an important part of every day farming working stock. Come and see this fine display of skill and intuition.
Wood fired oven design and construction. Pizza oven, bread oven, a nice oven to cook a little piggy in! What ever you may be baking, why not consider a wood fired oven. There are a variety of construction types from steel to clay domes. Come along and learn about ovens and their construction and use with local oven builder John Grant.
Scarecrow Building Competition Show your creative skills and maybe win a prize in the Scarecrow Building Competition held daily on the lawns opposite the Fashion Parade pavilion. Participants are encouraged to build a scarecrow of either the ‘traditional’ or ‘celebrity’ categories. Fun for all family members big and small, so get your thinging caps on for that winning idea. Stuffing and basic cross shaped timbers supplied, but you can bring along your own props and clothing.
Fashion Parades Running three times a day, the fashion parades are a chance to see the latest clothing and accessories for leisure work and play. Wood Workers See club members change a chunk of wood into a beautifully turned bowl, a chance to see craftsmen at work.
Reptile Awareness Display
Australia has plenty of reptiles, including snakes that are colourful, interesting and some deadly. Get up close and learn about these creatures that we often only glimpse. First aid do’s and don’ts are discussed during the presentation – lots to learn.