Monthly Archives: September 2014

Henty field days survive and thrive in digital age |


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September 30, 2014 Rather than being challenged by the digital age, field days are surviving and thriving with a record number of exhibitors and visitors at this year’s Henty event. The HMFD Co-operative has embraced technology to better provide tech savvy visitors with both a virtual and genuine sensory experience. In the month leading up to the field days, website hits averaged almost 30,000 a day while Facebook peaked over the event at a weekly reach of almost 85,000. A […]

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Rain the icing on the cake for bumper 2014 field days |


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September 29, 2014 Widespread rain not only added millions of dollars to the region’s winter crop but also buoyed the bottom line for exhibitors as farmers opened their wallets at the 51st Henty Machinery Field Days. The field days, held from September 23-25, drew an estimated crowd of 60,000 to inspect the “agribusiness supermarket’’ showcased by more than 800 exhibitors on 1200 sites across 105ha. A combination of fine weather and the school holidays in NSW and Victoria meant Henty […]

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Innovative design wins award for stockyard manufacturers |


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September 29, 2014 An extra long Australian designed crush boasting superior safety and mechanical features has been highly commended in the prestigious 2014 Henty Machine of the Year Award. Based at Rutherford, NSW, National Stockyard Systems entered the Stabiliser Plus 200 cattle crush in the Machine of the Year award, trumping national and international tillage and spray machines valued at many hundreds of thousands of dollars. A total of 10 machines and equipment at the cutting edge of agricultural technology […]

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Old and new forklifts side-by-side for Manitou 40th anniversary |


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September 29, 2014 French owned rough terrain material handling company, Manitou, celebrated a 40-year milestone at this year’s Henty Machinery Field Days. Manitou Australia sales executive Terry Fahey and Riverina Lift Trucks principal, Robert Cappello, cut a large cake on Wednesday, September 24, to mark the company’s ruby anniversary in Australia. Manitou produces rough terrain material handling machinery for the agriculture, mining and construction industries, and has more than 50 dealers across Australia and New Zealand. The company’s modern forklift, […]

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50 tonne Crop Carrier impresses judges in TMA award |


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September 29, 2014 A robust, high capacity 50-tonne chaser bin from the Riverina’s Coolamon Steelworks has taken out the coveted Tractor and Machinery Association of Australia award at the Henty Machinery Field Days. The TMA award recognises the best new Australian designed and built agricultural machine and is judged by Henty Machinery Field Days directors. It was presented by TMA chief executive officer Richard Lewis and Henty Machine of the Year chairman Matt Bergmeier to Coolamon Steelworks principal Bruce Hutcheon […]

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Laurie Slater makes it a hat trick at the Henty sheep dog trial |


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September 26, 2014 Retired NSW sheep and beef farmer Laurie Slater established a new record at the Henty Machinery Field Days by taking out the three sheep field trial for the third year in succession. The 80-year-old and his six-year-old dog Wondara Drift outclassed a strong line-up of handlers and their dogs in the Pedigree Pal Sheep Dog Trial run over the three days of the field days on September 23-25. Laurie, of Murrumbateman, also took second place with Memate […]

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Pure wool mini dress steals the show at Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards |


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September 26, 2014 Mildura fashion designer Judy Bond finally snared the overall title in this year’s Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards with a crocheted mini dress after a decade of trying. The winning forest green dress and matching reversible jacket wowed the audience and judges to take out the knitted or crocheted category, and going on to cinch the supreme award from a strong line-up of finalists. Ms Bond’s design was capably modelled by Billabong High School Year 11 student […]

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Farm Gate Market program – Thursday, September 25 |


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September 25, 2014 10am: Albury baker Ross Perry – “The Secrets of Sourdough Bread Baking’’ in the Farm Gate kitchen. 11am: Circus performer Marcela Scheuner entertains at the sound stage. 11am-2.30pm: Luke Hines and Scott Gooding, of My Kitchen Rules, will be cooking up a storm in the Farm Gate kitchen based on their philosophy of healthy living.  Come along and meet the television stars! 11.45am: Hey Diddle Fiddle perform on the sound stage. 11.45am(during MKR break) Beechworth Cider brewer […]

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Agri-Centre speaker program – Thursday, September 25 |


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September 25, 2014 Chairman:  Cameron Prien – Charles Sturt University 9.30am: Western Australian organic farmer Steve Marsh speaks on his ordeal with GM contamination. 10am: Ashley Fraser, Nuffield Scholar, Baker Seed Co – seed coat technology research 10.30am: Boyd Holden, WorkCover Authority of NSW/Alive and Well campaign – low-stress livestock handling 11am: Andrew Watt, TECSight Integrated Solutions manager, Hutcheon & Pearce – The changing face of agricultural data capture using wireless data transfer and cloud information sharing. 11.30am: Dr Christine […]

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Country Lifestyle program – Thursday, September 25 |


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September 25, 2014 10am: Five different ideas – nibbles to dessert using basic scone dough with Josie Kilpatrick, Murray Group CWA Land cookery officer. 10.30am: Fostering in an ever-changing world. 10.40am: Tried and true home remedies with Kay Sehm (part two). 11am: Fashion parade of garments from Country Lifestyle and ET clientele. 11.30am: Gardening tips and tricks with ABC gardening presenter Adrian Podmore. 12 noon: Dreamfields artists Juan Carlos Negrete and Gabrielle Vening entertain. 12.15pm: Angels for the Forgotten with […]

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