FORMAL qualification training for apprentices to service, maintain and repair complex agricultural machinery was a topic of interest at the Farm Machinery and Industry Association (FM&IA) of WA conference last Friday.
More than 40 members representing agricultural machinery dealers, manufacturers, repairers, inventors and insurers gathered for lunch and to hear from an array of speakers on subjects affecting the agricultural equipment industry, including apprentice training, a 'green card' for farm access, Main Roads and Quarantine WA and on booming industry sales statistics.
FM&IA had been unable to hold the conference last year because of COVID-19 restrictions, but members returned this year, including some who have retired but keep abreast of what is happening by continuing their FM&IA membership and attending the conference.
MAL GILL and WENDY GOULD attended for Farm Weekly.
Dean Smart (left), WA State finance manager Case IH Australia, Dillan Elliott, Boekeman Machinery Wongan Hills and Tim Boekeman, Boekeman Machinery sales manager, Dalwallinu.
AFGRI Equipment Australia operations director Gollie Coetzee (left) and commercial director Wessel Oosthuizen headed a large AFGRI contingent attending the conference.
Mike Hutton (left), CLAAS Harvest Centre northern WA region, with Campbell Aiken, AFGRI Equipment Narrogin.
CLAAS Harvest Centre northern WA region representatives Mike Hutton (left) and Michael Phipps.
Glen Fraser (left), CNH Industrial Capital, with John Lombardini, dealer principal at Hutton & Northey, Merredin.
Retired Farm Weekly machinery writer Ken Wilson (right), could not pass up a Farm Machinery and Industry Association of WA lunch and a chat with old friends. Here he catches up with Michael Bailey (left), Primary Sales Australia, Midvale and Ken Brown, Wattleup Tractors, Kewdale.
Jennifer Petchell (left), Beverley Hydra Boom managing director, John Henchy, Farm Machinery and Industry Association of WA executive officer and Joanne Pannell, Rocks Gone general manager, Welshpool.
Sean Taylor (left), lecturer at Central Regional TAFE and one of the organisers behind the Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology being delivered at the Moora campus in collaboration with the AFGRI Apprentice Academy, with Boekeman Machinery dealer principal Stuart Boekeman.