The coronavirus outbreak has seen the cancellation or postponement of a range of agricultural events, including the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek near Hamilton.
It follows the announcement from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that gatherings of 500 or more people held outdoors or indoors should be cancelled in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.
Cancelled or postponed New Zealand agricultural events:
- The annual National Fieldays at Mystery Creek near Hamilton (June 10-13th) has been postponed. Organisers say they are looking at potential options for the event.
- The Central Districts Field Days in Fielding ( March 19th-21st ) has been cancelled. Organisers are in the process of contacting all exhibitors, ticket holders, suppliers and stakeholders.
- The AgriFoods Week in Manawatu (March 17th-21st) has been postponed. Ticket holders were advised to check their emails for the latest information regarding the postponement.
- Rural Support drought relief events (March and April) have been postponed.
- The Methven A&P Show (March 21st) has been cancelled.
- The Flaxbourne A&P show (March 22nd) has been cancelled.
- Farmlands AgFest at the Greymouth Arena (March 27th-28th) has been postponed. Organisers intend to run the event sometime later in 2020.
- The remaining two FMG Young Farmer of the Year Regional Finals have been postponed. The Aorangi and Tasman finals will now be held at a later date that is yet to be confirmed.
- The AgriKids and FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year competitions have been moved to a closed contest online for the remaining three Regional Finals.
- All remaining competitions on the 2019-2020 Shearing Sports New Zealand calendar have now been cancelled, with the cancellation of the Oxford and Mackenzie shows confirmed on Wednesday.
- The nation-wide Tractor Trek in New Plymouth for Gumboot Friday has been stopped. The team is to regroup and look at options around Gumboot Friday.
- Due to the restrictions on travel for staff, and indoor public gatherings, M bovis meetings in Northland planned for Dargaville and Kerikeri next week have been postponed.
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