The degree of confidence within all aspects of agriculture is at a height I have never seen before.
Commodity prices have been at record levels for beef cattle, prime lambs, mutton and wool.
Wheat, whilst not so good for the 2017-2018 harvest, has bounced back, canola prices are looking promising, and the feed grains of barley, triticale and oats remain solid.
The rainfall has been welcome and regional crops have a lot of potential.
This paints a great picture for agriculture into the future.
We, at Henty, have invested heavily in infrastructure since last year’s field days.
I extend thanks to our outdoor staff and principal sponsor, Moane Fitzgerald Constructions, for the restoration work – the site looks an absolute picture.
We are striving to improve facilities for both exhibitors and visitors.
This year, the HMFD board welcomes two new directors, Matthew Noll and Mark Hasler.
I extend a special thank you to former director John Maher, who served on the board for 21 years and personally has been a great support to me in his role as deputy chairman.
John has been an active co-operative member for 45 years.
I welcome director Nigel Scheetz to the position of deputy chairman.
Like all good sporting clubs, we have put an emphasis on youth and to their credit these young members are coming through the ranks.
We also extend a welcome to two young guest musicians on exchange from the Somerset Rural Youth Project in the UK to perform at Henty – the first exchange program of its type for any Australian field day.
Finally, I would like to welcome our valued exhibitors and many visitors.
I can guarantee there is something at Henty 2017 to interest each and every one of you.
To my fellow directors, committee, sponsors, indoor and outdoor staff and volunteers, I say thankyou – an event as big as this would not be possible without your input.