THE ongoing impacts of recent floods, combined with continued adverse weather conditions has forced the postponement of this year’s Primex Field Days.
The popular agricultural field days near Casino in northern NSW were due to start next Thursday, May 19, running to Saturday, May 21.
Primex chief executive Bruce Wright said the postponement had been a difficult decision to make.
“However, the delay is unavoidable due to the impact that the earlier floods and current adverse weather conditions have had on the site at Casino,” he said.
“We appreciate that the announcement of postponing may have an impact on some of our stakeholders, but we have provided as much notice as possible,” Mr Wright said.
“We want the 2022 Primex Field Day event to be a great experience for exhibitors, customers, clients and visitors, and this simply is not possible to hold the event now under the current conditions.”
Floods and continued adverse weather have impacted the site in regard to maintenance and restoration of the site to enable a safe environment, and exhibitors able to access and activate their sites.
Organisers will discuss future options with key stakeholders, with a view to re-scheduling the event between July and November this year.
“We are mindful that some of our local stakeholders are still overcoming the tragic events of the February and March 2022 floods,” Mr Wright said.
“We’re also aware that the delay will also give many of our exhibitors and attendees additional time to prepare and attend the event.”
Primary sponsor Norco’s general manager rural agriculture, Adrian Reck, said his company supported the decision.
“Primex is an integral part of our community, in Norco’s heartland,” he said in a statement.
“This event provides not just economic and educational opportunities in primary industries and agribusiness, but brings the community together in mateship.”
“Recent weather events have tested our community’s resolve and Norco, with Primex, is committed to our region’s recovery.”
“We are working with Primex to bring the event back life at a later date and look forward to celebrating the best our region has to offer in sustainable Australian primary production and food.”
One of the event’s major exhibitors, Dan Hoppy of Days Machinery, said he was also supportive of a change to Primex’s schedule given the recent catastrophic weather events.
“Primex Field Days has always been a quality rural event for everyone, and we look forward to exhibiting at the rescheduled event date,” he said.
Primex is one of Australia’s biggest and best attended annual agricultural field days, with a strong emphasis on beef industry goods and services.