Agfest 2018 wraps up


Three days, 709 exhibitors and 65,794 visitors celebrating Tasmania’s agriculture sector – Agfest 2018 has wrapped up.

Agfest is the pinnacle event for farmers, and those working in the agricultural sector, but also attracts a wide range of patrons from across the local community and interstate.

Nick Steel, the Policy Manager for the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA), said the state of the agriculture industry in Tasmania is positive.

“The wool price is good, the meat price is good and dairy is up. Agriculture is looking up, especially in Tasmania,” he said.

However, Mr Steel said many farmers have raised concerns regarding the unpredictable weather, with a dry spell continuing in southern and eastern parts of the state.

“An autumn break hasn’t come, which is very challenging for farmers.”

Some farmers have had to reduce numbers of livestock and are looking ahead to winter in regards to cropping.

Rural Youth Tasmania volunteers now have the job of packing up the Quercus Park site, but it won’t be long before preparations for the next Agfest commence.

Agfest will be back for its 37th year in 2019 on May 2, 3 and 4 – make sure you mark it down in your diary!