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Acceleration from automated to autonomous tractors |


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There won’t be any robotic tractors in the iconic green and yellow livery any time soon but John Deere has flagged an accelerated journey from automation to autonomy. John Deere Limited managing director (Australia/New Zealand) Peter Wanckel was a keynote speaker at the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 20 for the brand’s celebration of 100 years of tractor manufacture. Mr Wanckel said the industry was on the cusp of exciting technological times. “The increased use of (telemetry) technology will […]

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Hay, fencing and stock handling big ticket items at Henty |


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A crowd just shy of 60,000 flocked to the 2018 Henty Machinery Field Days to inspect the “agribusiness supermarket’’, showcased by 849 exhibitors across the 105 hectares. Held on September 18-20, the 55th annual field days featured 14km of outdoor shop fronts on over 1200 sites. Despite tough seasonal conditions along the eastern seaboard, visitors responded from every state in Australia, seeking out the hot ticket items of hay, fencing and stock handling equipment. With many regional cereal and oil […]

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John Deere fans have a field day at centenary celebrations |


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John Deere enthusiasts had a field day last week with a program chocked full of tractors, cakes, tractor pulls, vintage horsepower, quilts and a Mr and Ms JD competition at Henty. The occasion celebrated 100 years of tractor manufacture for the iconic agricultural brand, and gave John Deere fans a rare photo opportunity with two tractors, made 100 years apart, sitting side by side. A 25hp Waterloo Boy tractor and its big brother, a 570hp John Deere quad track 9RX, […]

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Automated sheep feeder wins plenty of fans at Henty |


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An automated sheep feeder designed to deliver a controlled maintenance ration at pre-set times and reduce mismothering has won the 2018 Henty Agri-Innovators Award. The Shepherd was designed and entered by Justin Dunn, “Thunder Valley’’, Temora, and drew much public interest during the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 18-20. The award was presented by HMFD director Matt Noll to Mr Dunn on Wednesday, September 19. The solar powered feeder has a programmable timer and sensor, with a buzzer alarm […]

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Woollen cocktail dress steals limelight in Henty awards |


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A tartan cocktail dress stole the limelight in the catwalk at the Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards to win the supreme garment. The outfit was designed and entered by Lorraine Shipway, Collingullie, NSW, and capably modelled by Billabong High School student Shalayla Wheeler, 16, of Holbrook. The 15th Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards were a highlight of the Country Lifestyle program at the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 18-20. Fashion designers vied for the chance to win a Bernina […]

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Laurie Slater wins Henty sheep trial title for fifth time |


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Octogenarian Laurie Slater overcame a serious injury to take the prestigious Henty Three Sheep Trial Championship for the fifth time. Laurie, 85, of Murrumbateman, and his Border Collie, Wondara Jules, outclassed a strong line-up of handlers and their dogs in the Pedigree and Nature’s Table Three Sheep Trial. The trial drew over 100 entries and was run over the three days of the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 18-20. Laurie was fresh from winning the improver class at the […]

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Riverina made hay tedder takes the judges eye at Henty |


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A southern NSW designed and manufactured hay tedder 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 18-20. It was presented by Greater Hume Shire mayor Heather Wilton and Henty Machinery Field Days director Matt Noll to Berrima Engineering director Martin Morona, Deniliquin, on Thursday, September […]

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New HMFD Exhibitor Awards reward excellence |


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Clothing, chainsaw and farm machinery exhibitors were among the inaugural winners of the inaugural Henty Machinery Field Days Exhibitor Awards. The awards were presented on Wednesday, September 19 at The Stump by HMFD CEO Belinda Anderson to the winners of the Best Outdoor Large Commercial, Best Outdoor General and Best Indoor Exhibitor sites. The event’s largest exhibitor with a frontage of 180m, Hutcheon & Pearce, won the Best Outdoor Large Commercial, while Elite Chainsaws and Mowers took out the Best […]

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Daily program – Wednesday, September 19 |


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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 8am: Pedigree and Nature’s Table Sheep and Yard Dog trials start 8am: Champion axeman and men’s health advocate David Foster appears at Atlantic Oils site. 9am: Wagga Air Centre’s helicopter joy flights start. 9am: Australian reptile displays by Snake Tails on the hour, every hour, until 3pm near The Stump. 9am: See the JCB Hydradig 110W (wheeled excavator) at the machinery demonstration area. 9.30am: Country Lifestyle program starts. 9.30am: Farm Gate Market program begins. 10am: See […]

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Southern NSW well positioned to ride out drought |


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Henty Machinery Field Days visitors heard how southern NSW is well positioned despite the drought, with strong commodity livestock and crop prices. The field days were officially opened on Tuesday, September 18 by Australian Competition and Consumer Commission deputy chairman Mick Keogh. Mr Keogh said the ACCC had a critical role in improving competition in the agricultural sector, and in those sectors of the economy providing important inputs to agriculture. “Competition is key to the future success of agriculture, both […]

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