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Dowerin Field Days is in full swing

TODAY marks the opening of the 58th Dowerin Field Days with over 700 exhibitors showcasing the latest machinery, livestock and lifestyle equipment.

 Day One of the Dowerin Field Days is well underway. Picture by Macey Hill

Day One of the Dowerin Field Days is well underway. Picture by Macey Hill

With the borders into Western Australia now open, the event has attracted another impressive crowd with people travelling from across WA and interstate to attend the two-day event.

Helping boost the excitement of the field days is generally good-looking crops and  high rainfall across the region in the past few weeks.

CLAAS Harvest Centre is one of the exhibitors at the event with its latest machinery on display.

Branch Manager of CLAAS Harvest Centre Katanning, Travis Menghini, said it's great to be at the Dowerin Field Days this year.

"It's my first time being north of the Pingelly area this season and the crops are looking very good," Menghini said.

"We have a customer's Xerion 5000, 390kW four-wheel drive tractor here and the owner said it uses much less fuel, with its low rpm concept.

"A customer of ours in Wagin bought a Xerion 5000 two years ago and its nearly ready to be traded in, purely because he is using it for everything; spreading, ripping, towing the chaser bin and seeding. It's such a versatile machine," he said.

"Katanning is having a really good season, there's the odd patch that's too wet and the crops are going a bit yellow, however all in all it's a very good season on the back of a good one last year," Menghini said.

Martin Morona owns Berrima Engineering and manufactures hayrakes in Deniliquin, New South Wales. He is at the Dowerin field days for the first time in two years due to COVID-19 restrictions and he said it is very good to be back and nice to see the sites nice and full.

"The hay game in WA has lost a bit of momentum this year compared to the past two years, however, we are still getting a fair bit of enquiry from over here," Morona said.

"The BRC 1200, 12 metre contractor machine is on display and is probably one of our most popular machines because it's so versatile," Morona said.

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