Fieldays 2013 is coming

"Getting Down to Business in the Global Economy" is the theme for the 45th Fieldays being held between June 12-15.

Teenager's invention blows PM away

He could be the face of Fieldays to come

ALL SMILES: Matamata teenager Jacob Lawrence shows his ‘‘grass blaster’’ invention to Prime Minister John Key at the National Agricultural Fieldays.

Matamata teenager Jacob Lawrence turned heads at this year's National Agricultural Fieldays with his invention – the grass blaster.

Exhibitors toast the success of Fieldays

Some exhibitors labelled this year's Fieldays the best ever – but not everyone managed a slice of the good times.

Glitzy Ag Art - and with a message

Glitzy art with a message

Ag Art Wear


A design inspired by the foreign land ownership debate won a major award at the Fieldays Ag Art Wear competition.

Kiwis reveal their longstanding love of the Swannie

Fieldays at Mystery Creek

Angela Cuming reports on an iconic piece of clothing popular with cockies and townies.

PM accuses Labour of double standard

Prime Minister John Key ended his annual trip to Fieldays with a blistering attack on the Opposition and its continuing fight against Government plans to do a deal with Sky City to build a convention centre in Auckland.

12-year-old wins young inventor award

Jasmine Creighton, from Tauranga, shows her invention to PM John Key.

A 12-year-old from Tauranga took the top award for young people in the National Fieldays Innovation Competition

Helpers on horseback raising St John profile

They come with a whinny rather than a siren but people in need of medical attention don't really care – so long as some form of horse power is on its way.

Farmers get free health checks at Fieldays

Farmers flouting regular visits to the doctor have little excuse at Fieldays where a simple health check is potentially saving lives.

Landcorp 'indifferent' to Crafar ownership


Chinese company Shanghai Pengxin still has a "live" offer on the receivers' table for the Crafar farms and is confident it will succeed.

Maori agribusiness 'not treaty money'

Federation of Maori Authorities chair Traci Houpapa told the president's forum at Fieldays that many people incorrectly assumed Maori agribusiness was being driven entirely by treaty settlement money.

'Rural fight night' canned

A rural fight night scheduled to take place at Karapiro tonight has been dealt a bitter blow after organisers were told they didn't have the permits to stage the event.

Westpac woos Waikato farmers

Westpac is wooing Waikato farmers, as part of a bid to increase its market share in the relatively prosperous agribusiness sector.

Part-time business training for farmers

A new way for farmers, farm workers and agribusiness owners to improve their business skills is being promoted at National Fieldays.

Hoof Ball - A Fieldays first

Take four horses, a paddock and a giant soccer ball and you have the latest sport that may or may not take New Zealand by storm.

Anti-crush system wins award

ROLLING IT IN: Vernon Suckling is $5000 richer after taking out the Fieldays Golden Standard award for innovation.

Fieldays visitors are flocking to purchase an innovative safety device for quad bikes before it's even gone into production.

Outside influences worry farmers: Survey

Agribusinesses are most concerned about issues they can't control, according to an ANZ survey of farmers and agribusiness owners released at National Fieldays.

Fieldaily - Daily Fieldays Newpspaper

Daily Fieldays Newpspaper

Fieldays buzz set to continue

Mitchell Goff

A hard frost and crystal clear skies have kicked the second day of Fieldays off to a chilly start at Mystery Creek.

Hospital staff set up critical-care demo

Jake Short and his fiance Jennifer Hughes watch Colleen Hartley (Nurse manager of the critical ward) demonstrates what happens to patients when they arrive to hospital.

A young Manawatu farmer cannot believe she has made it to Fieldays after the tractor she was driving was hit by a train three months ago.

Designer takes aim at fashion show

All action on the agricultural catwalk

Fieldays 2012

A shotgun wedding took place on a catwalk at Fieldays, much to the surprise of those attending.

Positive start to Fieldays

Site holders at National Fieldays are positive about the first day of trading.

Waste-fuelled heater draws crowds

Waste Oil Fired Water Heater is the brainchild of Te Aroha

Waste Oil Fired Water Heater looks like something out of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.

Rosie has the 'mooves' at Fieldays

Agent Friesian, DairyNZ's cow mascot Rosie and Agent Jersey bust some 'mooves' at Fieldays.

DairyNZ's cow mascot Rosie is busting some "mooves" at National Fieldays, entertaining young children and adults alike with dairy songs and dances.

Meatworks feel the pain as Euro market collapses

A slump in European markets has seen a King Country meat processing plant breaking records for all the wrong reasons.

Olympians help launch Fieldays

Olympians come out to raise the New Zealand flag at the opening ceremony. L to R: Sarah Walker, Kurt James, Katy McVean, Danny McBride.

Athletes from the London 2012 Olympics team were among Waikato athletes proudly bearing the New Zealand flag, at the official opening ceremony.

Red police car to raise awareness

HORSE POWER: The Fieldays horseback patrol team, husband and wife officers Karen and Bill Eivers from King Country, flank the new red police car that will patrol Waikato roads.

Waikato drivers have been put on notice by local police who launched a fully operational bright red patrol car at Fieldays today.

Sporting test against the best

Televisions track your speed and pit you against New Zealand record holders such as Mahe Drysdale.

Visitors to Fieldays will be able to test their skills against New Zealand sporting champions.

New network for young farmers

A rural business network is being trialled by New Zealand Young Farmers.

National Agricultural Fieldays 2012

Latest news, photos, tweets and videos

Latest news, photos, tweets and videos from National Agricultural Fieldays 2012.

Fieldays live stream

National Agricultural Fieldays Live Stream.

Farmers delight in coffee

Discerning in machinery and coffee

Farmhouse Coffee

The rural sector is leaving the instant coffee era behind with high demand for coffee machines to be plumbed into farmhouses.

Cautious optimism over spendup at Fieldays

Fieldays 2012

Credit cards and eftpos machines are expected to be active at this week’s Fieldays extravaganza despite the black fiscal clouds. | Check out Fieldays storify

A weaver and his wire

Finalist for Artspost Number 8 Wire competition

When Rob Kear pulled a sicky from work to be a parent helper at Raglan Kindergarten, little did he know he was on the verge of discovering his true passion.

Fieldays theme to iPad game

An iPad game featuring Waikato University's graduation mascot, a friesian cow, will give visitors to the university's National Fieldays stand at Mystery Creek this week the chance to try their hand at dairy farming.

Seminars focus on hot topics

Foreign land ownership, food prices and super farms are hot topics at the moment.

Children to get tips on calf selection at Fieldays event

Children will have the chance to learn about stockmanship and how to choose a calf for Calf Club at this week's National Fieldays.

Dairy award winners at Fieldays

The three winners of the 2012 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards will be at National Fieldays in Hamilton this week to promote the awards programme and find new ideas for their farm businesses.

Christmas comes early with events centre

The changes keep rolling out at Mystery Creek Events Centre with a new $3.4 million headquarters due to go up by Christmas.

Internet tool creates a plan for Fieldays

It's the digital equivalent of circling the printed exhibit map with a pen and joining the dots.

The changing face of farming in New Zealand

National Fieldays starts on Wednesday

WORKING PARTNERS: Personality and processes are equally important to farm owners Scott Paterson, left, and Alicia Paterson, right.

The theme of this year's National Fieldays which starts on Wednesday is the changing face of farming.

Waikato welcome

The Waikato is pleased to welcome visitors from all over New Zealand and from overseas to National Fieldays 2012, from June 13 to 16 at Mystery Creek Events Centre.

Mystery man revealed: A true Hamiltonian

Fieldays is upon us again. But a new chief executive at Mystery Creek is already planning for 2015 – and much more.

Jon Calder

Fieldays is upon us again. But a new chief executive at Mystery Creek is already planning for 2015 – and much more.
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