Success for trusted brands and new players

Success for trusted brands and new players at FarmFest


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Mikaela and Jason Smith, Westbrook, take a stroll through the Vanderfield and RDO Equipment site with their children Huddson, 6, and Henry, 5 months.

Mikaela and Jason Smith, Westbrook, take a stroll through the Vanderfield and RDO Equipment site with their children Huddson, 6, and Henry, 5 months.

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More than 100 new exhibitors and agri-tech startups made their mark at FarmFest.

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More than 100 new exhibitors and agri-tech startups made their mark at the 2019 CRT FarmFest field days.

Fairfax Rural Events group manager Kate Nugent said every year they look at a ratio of new exhibitors to ensure fresh, vital relevancy.

"At this point in time we are looking at more than $10 million of sales during the event," Ms Nugent said.

"Even though on Tuesday we encountered the big chill, exhibitors reported that was sale day, it was the purists that came.

"Wednesday and Thursday were excellent, with crowds from far and wide. The majority of our visitors are Queensland based but we had people attend from the Northern Territory, northern NSW and even Victoria."

Ms Nugent said there were a lot of big products seen on site this year, particularly with farming and machinery implements.

"Events like this provide the hope and encouragement we all need in the Australian agricultural industry," she said.

One of the businesses attending the event for the first time was RDO Equipment.

The company has been operating in America for the past 50 years and, thanks to their strong connection with John Deere and Vanderfield, entered the Australian market six months ago.

RDO Equipment national major accounts manager for Australia and the Pacific region Alan Lewis said they had experienced extremely large interest at FarmFest.

Mr Lewis said councils, contractors and the larger end of farming operations, including feedlots and stations, had visited their site.

"RDO Equipment is a full line of construction equipment from small, skid steer mini excavators right up to the large end loaders, bringing in the dozers, graders and their backhoe range," he said.

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