Aussies beat us again: Two Australian beef farmers first through the gates this Fieldays

As the sun rises, people line up to be first through the gates at Fieldays 2017.
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As the sun rises, people line up to be first through the gates at Fieldays 2017.

Two Australian beef farmers braving the cold were among the first through the Fieldays gates on Wednesday morning.

Chris Arbuthnot and Collin Olive, two beef cattle farmers from McKay, Queensland were among the hundred punters lined up as the sun rose over Mystery Creek.

The morning's rain had cleared, but a cold wind kept hands in pockets. 

Dawn on the first day of Field Days 2017, Mystery Creek, Hamilton.
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Dawn on the first day of Field Days 2017, Mystery Creek, Hamilton.

The pair, who farm around 1000 brahman cattle, flew in from Australia's east coast yesterday. They drove down from Huntly two hours before sunrise to get in early.

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"You want to know why we came down here in the freezing cold?," Olive said.

Chris Arbuthnot and Colin Olive, beef farmers from Queensland, came over from Australia specifically for Fieldays.
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Chris Arbuthnot and Colin Olive, beef farmers from Queensland, came over from Australia specifically for Fieldays.

"So do we. We're used to getting up early, that's the trouble," Arbuthnot said.

The keen hunters had visited New Zealand before, but never Fieldays. The agricultural show has a growing reputation across the ditch, Arbuthnot said.

Olive wasn't sure what to expect but was keeping an open mind. Arbuthnot, who dabbles in pest control, was interested in technology on offer.

"Not so much the soil work, the tractors. We've got all that at home where it's probably half the price to be honest," Arbuthnot said.

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"It's a bit of a field trip to have a look, see what you guys have got that could be used over there."

They intend to stay the four days, and do a bit of scouting for hunting spots in between. 

But, there would be no hunting this trip. "We'll come back when it's warm," Arbuthnot said.

What was first on the list this Fieldays?

"Mate, we haven't had any breakfast yet, we're dying to get a cup of coffee. Probably like half the people here," Olive said.

Wrapped up in beanies and fleece, the pair had one suggestion for Fieldays organisers: a coffee cart at the front gate.


 - Stuff

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