[10 June/Stuff]

Forecast milk payouts and high commodity prices meant spending could be up 10 percent on last year. Waikato University Economics Professor, Framk Scrimgeour, said Fieldays 2017 recorded peak attendance after some lean years in the dairy sector, and the economic impact was a record. He expected another large event this year. He added it was clear from most farm businesses that cash flow was in a steady state. Mr Scrimgeour believed 30 percent of visitors would spend more, and it would be the mid to large spenders that would make the difference. Fieldays CEO, Peter Nation, doesn’t recall many times when the industry had been this strong, and said there were always challenges. This year’s turnout was expected to exceed last year’s 133,588 visitors. The main uncertainty that remained was around Mycoplasma bovis.