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Captivating performance in store for field day visitors |


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Henty Machinery Field Days visitors will be entertained by a mobile acoustic ensemble from the Australian Army Band Kapooka on opening day. The musicians will perform at The Stump on Tuesday, September 19, at 10.30am as a prelude to the official opening and again during the lunch break. Known as the “Pep’’ band, members will perform a wide range of popular songs in a highly captivating performance. The Australian Army Band Kapooka can also form various smaller ensembles to cater […]

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Rick and his caravan a familiar sight at the field days |


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For many years, Rick Priest’s caravan was a familiar sight parked near The Stump and acted as the pulse of the field days. Radio Henty was transmitted on the FM band 107.3 to within a 10km radius of the site from the caravan, plus the PA announcements and official opening co-ordinated from within. Audio technician Rick Priest, of Wagga Public Address Systems, is celebrating 25 years of involvement at the field days, starting in 1992. Accompanied by his son Ben, […]

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Outside broadcast on all matters country from Henty |


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As the countdown begins to the Henty Machinery Field Days, the team at 2AY are excited to be on board again this year. 2AY will host their afternoon program on-site with Anthony Thompson taking charge over the first two days. Covering everything from the Country Lifestyle pavilion to the latest machinery, award winners and new innovations, the program will run from noon until 3pm both days. There will be a great balance of classic music and loads of field day […]

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Combining artisan skills with environmental sustainability |


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Mortice, tenon, dowel and dovetail are words missing from the art of contemporary furniture manufacturing. But, Wodonga artisan Trent Keller is keeping the old skills alive by recycling timber from old woolsheds, houses and other buildings into elegant, one-off designs. Each piece of furniture is numbered and hand stamped, accompanied by a certificate of provenance, and a donation to Landcare. Trent and his father Merv, of Tkel Furniture, can often be found scouring clearing sales or demolition sites for that […]

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Living the dream as a farm machinery service technician |


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With his ready smile and helpful attitude, Stuart Mirtschin has been a familiar face around the Henty Machinery Field Days since the mid 1970s. Stuart operates the Wodonga based business, Mirtschin Agrepairs, and has been servicing tractors and farm machinery in a 100km radius for 40 years. He thrives on the one-on-one connections he makes with farmers through his business. “It’s a vitality of life – I meet many great people needing another value-eye for down to earth service, or […]

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Chris gives those old on-farm silos a new lease of life |


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With harvest on the horizon, grain growers will be relieved to hear around 99 per cent of old cone-bottom silos can be fully sealed and made OH&S compliant. Brocklesby grower Chris Lloyd, of Silo Upgrades, will be at the Henty Machinery Field Days with practical and cost effective solutions to refurbishing old on-farm silos. Chris will display a roof panel and top lid collar, fitted with a ground opening system, Phostoxin tablet dispenser and tube, and bottom chutes at the […]

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Running the driverless tractor from your lounge chair |


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Field day visitors will get a glimpse into the future of farming with the launch of a driverless tractor from New Holland. Marking 100 years of tractor production during the field days, New Holland will debut the NH Drive autonomous tractor, which can be controlled and monitored from a computer desktop. A combination of radar, range finding lasers, and cameras means the T8 NH Drive tractor is able to detect in-field obstacles. If an obstacle is detected, the tractor sends […]

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Wiesners bring country values and service to Wodonga |


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One of this year’s most talked about tractors, the Fendt 1000 Vario, will feature on the AGCO dealer site at Henty on both dual and narrow row crop tyre configurations. The 500 hp tractor landed on the nation’s shores in May, with Wiesners dealer principal Chris Wiesner travelling to Horsham for product training and a hands-on demo drive day. Mr Wiesner said many large broadacre growers in the Riverina were anticipating the tractor’s arrival. “It is a rigid frame tractor […]

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Thank a Farmer creators changing urban perceptions |


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The faces behind the social media phenomenon, Thank a Farmer for Your Next Meal, will be bridging the city versus country divide at Henty this year. Sam Johnston and Jim Honner created the Instagram and Facebook sites, Thank a Farmer for Your Next Meal, three years ago to help them stay in touch with agriculture while studying in Sydney. The pair post stunning images taken by farmers and photographers from around Australia to connect followers with the positive, grass roots […]

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NE Genetics encourages AI uptake in beef herds |


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Dairy and beef producers with questions on artificial breeding, corrective mating and bull selection will be answered by the team from North East Genetics at Henty this year. North East Genetics draws on a comprehensive team of beef bulls from local and international sources, and aims to increase market share among stud and commercial beef herds. Breeds available include Angus, Red Angus, Shorthorn, Charolais, Simmental, Limousin and Speckle Park. On the dairy side, semen from all major breeds is available […]

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