September 11, 2015
Entries at the cutting edge of agricultural technology will line up before the judges in the prestigious Henty Machine of the Year Award.
Announced on the opening day, this “farmers’ choice’’ award is presented to the most outstanding new piece of agricultural machinery exhibited at the Henty Machinery Field Days.
It is judged by an independent panel of regional primary producers.
In many cases the machine has gone on to become a standard piece of equipment on farms.
Judging criteria includes the machine’s purpose and suitability, scope of application, construction, ease of maintenance and service, ease of operation and adjustment, availability of parts and overall value for money.
Last year, the award drew 10 entries with the Tow and Fert Multi 4000, entered by Tow and Farm, Laverton North, Victoria, impressing judges with its design and manufacture at the Henty Machinery Field Days.
Highly commended was National Stockyard Systems, Rutherford, NSW, with their innovative cattle yard design, Stabiliser 200.
Machine of the Year chairman and Brocklesby grain grower Matt Bergmeier said the award was open to all machines on site released into the Australian market in the previous 12 months.
“A win at Henty gives the entrant valuable exposure for their product,’’ Mr Bergmeier said.
An additional accolade is the Australian Tractor and Machinery Association Award for the best new Australian-made machine.
It is judged and presented on the final day of the field days. Last year it was won by a robust, high capacity 50-tonne chaser bin from the Riverina’s Coolamon Steelworks.
Nominations are made by the Henty Machinery Field Days Co-operative members who unload the machines – in the vein of the Archibald Prize packer’s award.
Judges then visit each nominated company during the field days.
Machine of the Year entries include:
Highline Rock Picker NT Series – Beaulah Machinery, Cowra
Pit Express stand alone drive-over pit – Beulah Machinery, Cowra
Davimac tracked chaser bin – Davimac, Molong
SmartBoom ute mounted sprayer – Graytill, Wellington
VersiVolt self-contained 12 volt sprayer – Graytill, Wellington
The HD 2000 Series cattle crush – Clipex, Albury
CropScan 3000S On-Silo NIR – Next Instruments, Condell Park
Serafin Ultisow Narrow Fold single disc seeder – Serafin Machinery, Griffith
Haze Ag Fertiliser spreader – Haze Ag, Cudal
Flatrac – Tpos Fabrications, Coonooer West, Vic
Tornado disc planter – Tobin No Till
Alvan Blanch Grain Drier Model DF22000S – Alvan Banch Development Company
Speedtiller Powerflex – Norwood Farm Machinery