Rohan a second generation director at Henty |


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Henty district farmer Rohan Bahr is the newest face on the board at the Henty Machinery Field Days. Mr Bahr, 52, was elected at the co-operative’s annual general meeting on May 29, and joins chairman Ross Edwards, deputy chairmen Nigel Scheetz and Daryl Thomson, and directors John Maher, Matthew Noll and Mark Hasler. Rohan is a second generation board director with his father Neil having a 40 year plus involvement with the HMFD co-operative and board. He and wife Kellie […]

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Two young musicians in unique cultural exchange |


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Two young musicians chosen at the 2017 Henty Machinery Field Days-Dreamfields festival are due to jet out to the United Kingdom next week on a cultural exchange. The Somerset Creative Exchange, supported by HMFD, Dreamfields and Somerset Rural Youth Project, will be a musical experience of a lifetime for Border musicians Chelsea Knight and Nick Keogh. The pair will fly out on May 21 to perform at several shows in Somerset, Bath and Bristol, and to meet Michael Eavis, creator […]

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Henty fashion awards celebrate beauty of natural fibres |


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Rural and urban fashion designers and milliners are invited to showcase their talent in this year’s 15th annual Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards. Boasting prizes valued at around $5000, the fashion awards have grown into a prestigious event attracting high profile designers, with the 2018 entries to be paraded in the Country Lifestyle marquee at the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 18-20 at 1pm each day. Awards convenor Lyn Jacobsen said the Natural Fibre Fashion Awards grew from the […]

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Making a pink paddock statement for cancer awareness |


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A giant pink, inflated grain bag on display at last year’s Henty Machinery Field Days has translated into a donation of $11,200 for regional cancer patients. The pink grain storage bag was introduced by Silo Bags Australia to support cancer awareness and services. Silo Bags and regional distributor, Nendy Enterprises, presented a cheque for $10,000 to the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre this week. Silo Bags business manager Nadia Lakmas said the bags began appearing in many paddocks in the […]

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Beyond Bins raise $13,000 for rural mental health |


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A brightly coloured chaser bin at the Henty Machinery Field Days was used to raise $13,000 for mental health and well being in the rural areas. Riverina farm machinery manufacturer, Coolamon Chaser Bins, showcased their chaser bin with brightly coloured magnets highlighting anxiety, depression and suicide at the Henty, Mingenow, Dowerin, Agquip, Newdgate and Yorke Peninsula machinery field days. Coolamon Chaser Bins general manager Heath Hutcheon said the company donated $1000 from every bin sold at the field days during […]

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New HMFD exhibitor awards to reward excellence |


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More than 800 national and international agricultural and commercial businesses will be eligible for the inaugural HMFD Exhibitor Awards at the 2018 field days. Awards will be presented on Wednesday, September 20 to the winners of the Best Outdoor Large Commercial, Best Outdoor General and Best Indoor Exhibitor sites. The field days will be held on September 18-20 and are set to draw 60,000 visitors and more than 800 exhibitors. HMFD chief executive officer Belinda Anderson said the field days […]

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Entries sought for major machinery awards at Henty |


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Agricultural machinery manufacturers, farm inventors, backyard tinkerers and students are urged to enter their innovative ideas for the three major awards at the 2018 Henty Machinery Field Days. The awards, the Henty Machine of the Year, the Agri-Innovators Award and the Best Australian Designed and Manufactured Machine, are among the most prestigious on the nation’s field day circuit. In the Agri-Innovators Award, the entries must meet the criteria of having a practical on-farm application, be based on an original idea […]

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Henty salutes dedicated chairman and volunteer |


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The Henty Machinery Field Days community has paid tribute to its longest serving chairman and tireless volunteer Colin Wood upon his passing this week. Colin, who died aged 79 on December 5, was chairman for a record three decades, devoting himself to the field days, juggling activities on his Cookardinia farm to fit around the Henty schedule. His connection with the field days goes back to the original one-day header school held at the Henty showgrounds in 1961. At age […]

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Biggest site area ever at 2017 Henty Machinery Field Days |


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A crowd just shy of 60,000 flocked to the 2017 Henty Machinery Field Days to inspect the “agribusiness supermarket’’, showcased by 867 exhibitors on the biggest site area in the event’s history. Held on September 19-21, the 54th annual field days featured 14km of outdoor shop fronts on over 1200 sites. Despite the prospect of a dry spring, visitors responded by travelling from every state in Australia, armed with their shopping lists. Exhibitors reported buoyant sales and solid follow-up leads. […]

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International entry sets catwalk abuzz at Henty field days |


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An award winning international designer set the catwalk abuzz and took the Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards onto the world stage with her cream lace supreme garment. It was a back-to-back at win in the award for New Zealand designer Laurel Judd, with judges David Tester, Albury, Roxanne Cooper, Sydney, and Beryl Brain, Narrandera, unanimous in their decision. The supreme garment was a cream lace felted formal dress with a circular overskirt, matching hairpiece and earrings. It was capably modelled […]

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