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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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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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