BCG is hosting a free Safely Recovering Machinery Field Day on Friday the 4th of November. The event will run from 2pm until 5pm and will be held at Ross Johns’ farm at 168 Rainbow Road, Warracknabeal. To register for the event visit bcg.org.au/events
Given the ongoing wet weather, which is forecast to continue into harvest, BCG felt it timely and relevant to not only help farmers recover equipment, but to provide information on how to do it safely. BCG’s Senior Manager of Research and Extension Kelly Angel said health and safety will play a large role in the day: “Three people have died in NSW this year in the process of trying to recover machinery. A key focus of this event will be to ensure that number doesn’t go any higher. There will be demonstrations and discussion surrounding safely recovering bogged machinery. In addition, there will also be an emphasis on health and wellbeing.
“We know for some, the wet weather has hit hard, particularly with high input costs and an expanding list of waterlogged crops. Therefore, we have teamed up with the National Centre for Farmer Health to conduct free health checks throughout the afternoon which will include a focus on how farmers, workers and contractors can best support their health now and moving into harvest,” Kelly said.
Worksafe, VFF’s Making Our Farms Safter team, O’Connors (Case IH), Emmetts (John Deere), Belle-Vue Machinery (New Holland), Horsham Heavy Towing and Blake Snake Recovery Strops will participate in the session. Key warning signs to be proactive and avoid getting bogged will also be covered.
Light refreshments will be provided. To register for this free event visit: bcg.org.au/events. Call Kelly Angel for more information on 0427 564 507.