1 Mar 2009

National farm open day a success says Fed Farmers

9:36 pm on 1 March 2009

Federated Farmers is counting its first national farm open day as a success, with thousands of people taking advantage of the opportunity to visit farms from the far north to the distant south.

In all, 25 farms opened their gates to the public on Sunday.

Two farms in Bay of Plenty and South Canterbury, had to postpone the event because of wet conditions.

Numbers of visitors varied, from several hundred to several dozen.

More than 450 people turned up to the Auckland open farm at Clevedon and about 400 to an organic dairy goat farm at Te Aroha in Waikato.

The Federation's vice president, Frank Brenmuhl, says all the feed back was positive and he thinks it's likely Federated Farmers will want to repeat the experience.