The annual field days in Casino in northern New South Wales has celebrated one of the best years in its 30 year history. The three-day event in the Richmond Valley attracted nearly 40,000 people through the gates.
Primex director Bruce Wright says the 2014 event was an overwhelming success. “The things we had in our control all went very well and the result over the three days has been very heartening from the feedback we’re getting from our exhibitors,” he said.
“We’ve had a lot of people from the North Coast, Central Coast and even further south, travel up to the field days this year, as well as from throughout south-east Queensland, which has been fantastic.”
Although large numbers were recorded this year, the figures weren’t as high as the 2010 crowd.
“We had people coming up from Victoria at that stage,” Mr Wright said. “The current economic environment is determining still how far people will travel, in terms of fuel prices, but we’re very pleased with all those that came through over the three days,” he said.
Mr Wright says that exhibitors reported strong buyer interest at the event.
“The feedback we’ve had from areas such as automotive, stud cattle and even heavy equipment has been very pleasing,” he said.
“The attitude of exhibitors generally has been a bit more refined, they don’t expect something to suddenly come out of the blue that they don’t currently experience in their work situation.
“The event’s situated prior to the end of financial year which gives those who wish to purchase straight away that opportunity to do it before the end of the financial year.
“The exhibitors have said that they’ve had their strongest enquiry ever, which is a good sign for the next 12 months. I think it’s showing the optimism that we’ve already picked up on that was leading into the event, and I think there are better times ahead over the next 12 to 18 months for primary producers.”
Mr Wright says there is money to spend but primary producers are being careful how they spend it.
“Areas such as the macadamia industry, for example, they’re doing well with the nut price at the moment but they’re not going to go out there and blow it on one thing,” he said.