HMFD Chairman’s message for 2018

HMFD chairman Ross Edwards.

Once again, the weather is testing the farming community but we have never seen the demand for our produce so high.

Wool is at record levels, lambs are reaching over $300 and cattle have enjoyed historically high prices over the past two years.

This has given those livestock producers the chance to carry out long awaited improvements, including fencing, yards, shearing sheds and stock handling equipment.

Our regular maintenance program on the HMFD site has continued during the year, namely lighting, public address system and safety fencing, in order to maintain our high standards.

The Taylor Wood pavilion hosted a magnificent deb ball during May and this proved to be a spectacular event – my congratulations to all involved.

We extend a very warm welcome to all our exhibitors, both existing and new, to Henty 2018.

A few of the highlights for visitors to the field days this year include:

  • The Baker Seeds agronomy demonstration site of cereals, legumes and oil seeds
  • A major display of Korean manufactured farm machinery from the Korean Agricultural Machinery Industry Co-operative
  • Advances in stock handling (weighing and drafting)
  • Working sheep dogs
  • The latest in grain storage and handling equipment
  • The Natural Fibre Fashion Awards in Country Lifestyle

Most importantly, we promote HMFD not only as an event for the exhibitors to showcase to potential buyers, but as an annual pilgrimage for family and friends to catch up, or have a few days away from the farm.

I believe the strength of HMFD was evident at our annual general meeting when over 50 members attended, the majority being aged from 20 to 35.

This would be the envy of a many organisations.

Any event such as this could not exist without our valued sponsors.

May I pay gratitude to Chris Mo’ane and James Fitzgerald, of Moane Fitzgerald Constructions, Wagga, for their valued support over the past five years.

To my fellow directors, our dedicated staff both office and ground, and each and every committee member, plus the many volunteers, thank you one and all.

At HMFD, we were saddened at the passing of our long serving chairman Colin Wood earlier this year.

Colin served over 30 years as chairman, and was also a leader not only in the Henty district but at state level.

Ross Edwards

HMFD Chairman