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Multi-purpose tracking trailer takes judges eye |


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A South Australian designed and manufactured multi-purpose tracking trailer has won the coveted Greater Hume Shire Award at the Henty Machinery Field Days. The award recognises the best new Australian designed and built agricultural machine and was judged by a panel of independent judges at the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 19-21. It was presented by Greater Hume Shire mayor Heather Wilton and Henty Machinery Field Days director Nigel Scheetz to Kelly Engineering sales manager Cavin Osborn, Booleroo Centre, […]

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Marge pips strong field to win Henty sheep dog trials |


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Central NSW dog trialler Mick Hudson dominated Exelpet Sheep Dog Trial at this year’s Henty Machinery Field Days. Mick, of Eumungerie, and his NSW representative bitch Perangery Marge, won the three sheep trial championship on 262 points and also took second placing with Meg, and seventh with Richie’s Finn. In a record field of 120 entries, little separated the top seven placegetters with Western Australian trialler Dave Lacey, with Devil, and Tony Elliott in fourth with Scuddly. The trial was […]

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Using social media to show industry reality to end users |


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Two young men making waves in bridging the city-country divide have urged agriculture to embrace social media and show the reality behind the industry to end users. As co-founders of the Thank a Farmer for Your Next Meal social media phenomenon, Mr Johnston, of Forbes, and Jim Honner, Harden, were guest speakers at the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 20. The pair’s following has grown to 26,000 Facebook likes and almost 50,000 Instagram followers since 2014. “We really need […]

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Glimpse into the future of farming at Henty field days |


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A glimpse into the future of autonomous, or driverless, tractors was given to growers by global manufacturer New Holland at this year’s Henty Machinery Field Days. A Genesis T8 Smarttrax, minus the autonomous software technology, was used to illustrate to field days visitors what an autonomous tractor of the future may look like. New Holland national product manager Tony Peters said a single autonomous tractor had been trialled on-farm in the US but it remained entirely at the concept stage […]

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Agri-Innovators winner a tie-down solution for the ute |


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It took 46 inventions but Barry Bennett finally struck gold this year by winning the Henty Agri-Innovators Award on Wednesday. A livestock producer from Barooga, Mr Bennett has entered inventions every year at Henty since 2001 and took out the award this year for one of the simplest of his designs, the Slip Tie. The Slip Tie evolved when Mr Bennett had problems with a fuel tank moving on the back of his old farm ute and tandem trailer. It […]

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Innovative hoe drill wins Henty Machine of the Year |


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A 24m wide drill able to fold to a transport width of 5.4m within minutes is the winner of the coveted Henty Machine of the Year Award. The 3420 PHD Paralink Hoe Drill, entered by Bourgault, impressed judges with its unique folding mechanism, with the wings able to be folded and unfolded in three-and-a-half minutes for transport. As one of the widest drills on the market, the 3420 was debuted by Canadian manufacture Bourgault to Australian dealers at Howlong in […]

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Strengthening the rural industry by maintaining the rage |


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The rural sector must “maintain the rage’’ when it comes to attracting talent to meet the needs of an expanding industry. Rebecca Milliken and Elissa Strong, of the Riverina Ag Network, were guest speakers at the official opening of the Henty Machinery Field Days, and told visitors the future of the agricultural workforce was not guaranteed without improving the sector’s image. “We must move away from the traditional farmer icon, and promote agriculture as a truly fulfilling career choice,’’ Miss […]

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HMFD Chairman’s message for 2017 |


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The Hon. Michael McCormack, Minister for Small Business and Member for Riverina, the Hon. Sussan Ley, Member for Farrer, HMFD Patron Tim Fischer, our loyal exhibitors, the many volunteers, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. To stand on this stump as Chairman makes me very proud and humble. This year’s display is no doubt the most outstanding ever. This is a testament to our exhibitors, generous sponsors, our wonderful staff, both office and outdoor, capably led by CEO Belinda Anderson. […]

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All set for a bumper field days at Henty in 2017 |


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A bullish livestock market and positive grower sentiment will combine with a full house of exhibitors at the 54th annual Henty Machinery Field Days. The 105ha grounds are at capacity with the September 19-21 event expected to draw a crowd of 60,000 keen to inspect almost $120 million worth of machinery and goods on site. Exhibitors will display their products on more than 1200 sites in what is now the single largest agricultural and open-air event in southern Australia. Chief […]

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Visitors set for a sensory experience at Farm Gate Market |


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Visitors will have the opportunity to learn, taste, touch, smell and experience the region’s finest food and wine first hand at Henty Machinery Field Day’s Farm Gate Produce Market. The market has grown into a key attraction at the field days, which will be held on Tuesday, September 19 to Thursday, September 21. Featuring over 30 regional exhibitors, the Farm Gate pavilion is located on the southern edge of the field day site and will host cooking demonstrations, and talks […]

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