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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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Len keeps the crowd mesmerised with his Bulldog |


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For four decades, Len Schilg has kept people of all ages mesmerised with the majestic noise and smoke from his vintage Lanz Bulldog tractor. The tractor is always a crowd favourite at the Henty and District Antique Farm Machinery Club’s site at the Henty Machinery Field Days. Mr Schilg, 86, of West Albury, was recently honoured by the club with a life membership for his dedication and volunteer efforts over the past 40 years. He has also been a mainstay […]

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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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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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Kirovets takes a new approach with “old school” technology |


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NSW growers had their first look at the new Russian manufactured high horsepower Kirovets tractor at the 2017 Henty Machinery Field Days. Kirovets’ head service manager Andrey Sagaev flew to Australia especially to attend the tractor’s launch at Henty. The newly imported 428hp Kirovets articulated model, the K-744R, features a Mercedes Benz engine and a price tag much lower than industry competitors. Australian modifications have included a heavier drawbar and higher clearance between the wheels and frame. The tractors are […]

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Burrumbuttock Hay Runners to hit the road again |


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Burrumbuttock Hay Runners are planning another major donation of up to 500 semi loads of hay to drought stricken Queensland farmers. Hay Runners founder Brendan Farrell made the announcement at the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 21. Mr Farrell said drought conditions in parts of Queensland continued to be severe. The hay run to southern Queensland will coincide with Australia Day 2018 on January 26. He said the charity nude calendar originally planned for launch at the field days […]

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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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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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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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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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