The theme for the 2007 Australian National Field Days was Youth in Agriculture, so the contribution of TAFE NSW Western Institute to agricultural education was very relevant. Staff engaged in Primary Industries and Natural Resources education and training from the Western Institute made a great contribution to the success of the event.
Adrian Mitchell, Director, NSW TAFE - Western Institute said, "The enthusiasm and involvement of Western Institute staff at the Field Days was a fine example of how well the Institute relates to the region's key industries and engages with the community to promote best practice".
A large and colourful display in the Trevor Elliott Pavilion attracted a lot of attention from Field Days visitors as did the two separate shearing demonstrations. In a tent near the centre of the Field Day site Frank Roberts held the interest of spectators with his entertaining and interactive shearing demonstration in which he encouraged Field Day visitors to have a go as well. Frank's delivery emphasised the importance of position and balance to ensure total control of the sheep and safe practice to prevent injury and particularly back strain.
At the Field Days Shearing Shed the Peak Hill Industries ShearEzy Upright Posture Shearing Platform (UPSP) was being demonstrated by Australian Wool Innovations (AWI) and members of the TAFE NSW - Western Institute wool shearing and handling team. The Australian National Field Days at Orange is just one of the many venues around Australia where AWI (with TAFE staff) have demonstrated the ShearEzy (UPSP) technology this year.