Get hooked at Tocal field days

26 Apr 2018

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Tocal College at Paterson will showcase today’s farming at the Tocal Field Days held on 4 - 6 May, celebrating the 35th year of this regional flagship event.

NSW DPI Tocal College Principal, Darren Bayley said people keep coming back to the Tocal Field Days because the event has earned the reputation for being a one-stop-shop for landholders looking for machinery, equipment and information.

“The Field Days provide something for everyone, it’s a great day out,” Mr Bayley said.

“People can see the latest farming innovation and technology and get the latest information on land management, livestock or a career.

Mr Bayley said this year’s theme is ‘fish’, so NSW DPI Fisheries team are on hand to conduct a variety of activities and to provide valuable information and advice on responsible recreational fishing.

“The fishing sessions are suitable for all ages, beginners or experienced and will run across the three days of the Field Days,” Mr Bayley said.

“The Fisheries’ advisory trailer comes complete with a touch tank to enable children to get up close and learn about some of the aquatic critters they may find in the local marine environment.

“Visitors can even try their luck at catching some carp in the Tocal Homestead lagoon.

“Landholders can speak to staff from the Hunter Local Land Services to learn more about their programs and projects or to get information and advice to help them manage their property and livestock.”

A range of publications and AgGuide books are available for visitors to purchase at the Field Days. Topics include alpacas, poultry, beef, sheep, pig and bees. Also available is in-depth information on soils, fertilisers and weed management to help landholders to make better decisions on their farms.

The Field Days are held at Tocal College, 815 Tocal Road, Paterson from 9.00am to 5.00pm Friday and Saturday and 9.00am to 4.00pm Sunday.

Online tickets and information on the Tocal Field Days are available

Media contact: Anne Brook (02) 6763 1163 or 0477 358 305