ANZ’s investment and expertise in Australia’s agricultural sector has resulted in its appointment as the Henty Machinery Field Days strategic banking partner.
Henty Machinery Field Days chairman Ross Edwards said the bank’s industry expertise, professionalism, demonstrated understanding and commitment to HMFD’s strategy made it a perfect fit.
HMFD’s annual event is southern Australia’s largest agricultural event, attracting around 60,000 visitors each year, providing a significant community benefit and adding $95 million to the local economy.
The field days will be held on September 19-21.
“ANZ has a strong focus on insight-led engagement with the agri sector and has helped to create better awareness of the opportunities and challenges facing the industry, and ways to ensure our continuing success,” Mr Edwards said.
ANZ regional executive Conor Noonan said the partnership was a natural fit for ANZ.
The bank was this month awarded Canstar’s Bank of the Year – Agribusiness, recognising its quality products and services, as well as its ongoing commitment to the agriculture sector and to regional Australia’s long-term growth.
“We’re proud to support HMFD as it puts a spotlight on the region’s agriculture industry which continues to underpin the local economy,’’ Mr Noonan said.
“It also provides farmers and industry with the opportunity to network and discover the latest innovations to improve farming techniques.
“The agri sector is a key focus for our business and given the resurgence of Australian agriculture and the increasing global demand for safe and quality food, it will continue to play a major role in feeding the world’s populations and supporting the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia.
“We look forward to playing a key role in helping HMFD to achieve their strategic priorities including sustainability, governance, innovation and facilities and infrastructure development.”
Farm inventors, backyard tinkerers and students are urged to enter their innovative ideas for the Agri-Innovators Award at the 2017 Henty Machinery Field Days.
The entries must meet the criteria of having a practical on-farm application, be based on an original idea of the entrant and not be in full-scale production at the time entry.
Last year’s inaugural entries ranged from a hand tool to a slip-on fencing tray and automated bale feeder from farmers in north east Victoria, southern NSW and the NSW southern tablelands.
The 2016 winners were Pat and Margaret Daniher, of Girral, with the remote controlled Daniher Belt Feeder, an easy solution to feeding out fodder off the back of a ute.
HMFD chief executive officer Belinda Anderson said the decision to renew the farm innovation concept was made after inventors were left disappointed with the demise of the NSW Farm Inventor of the Year Awards in 2015.
A perennial favourite with the Henty Machinery Field Days visitors, the awards had provided the launching pad for scores of backyard tinkerers, budding entrepreneurs and enterprising visionaries.
Mrs Anderson said Agri-Innovators was aimed at tertiary and university students, farmers, backyard tinkerers and innovators.
“Entries can be any agribusiness invention, ranging from a mobile phone app or computer software program to the largest tillage machinery,’’ she said.
“This year’s entrants will receive exposure to the agricultural market place and the opportunity to network with potential manufacturers.’’
Margaret Daniher encouraged all inventors or would-be inventors to enter their design in the awards.
She said nation-wide recognition of their product had resulted from their win at Henty last year.
The couple went on to exhibit at South Australia’s South East Field Days and Sheepvention, at Hamilton, Vic.
“We have made some modifications to the feeder to handle round bales – the coverage for us following Henty was a great bonus and the flow on effects were fantastic,’’ Mrs Daniher said.
“In the past, the inventors awards were always the focal point of our visit to the field days.
“I love going to Henty, it’s my favourite field days – I can walk around it in a day and it’s nice to have a look at everything.’’
Mrs Daniher urged anyone with an invention in their back shed to enter the Agri-Innovators Award.
“Give it a go and keep going, put it out there as you just never know who is walking past on the day,’’ she said.
“It has given me a lot of self confidence in having that contact with people, and it gives us another outlet away from the farm as we don’t have many holidays.
“We are now adjusting to the next step beyond the Award and having the feeder components manufactured locally and assembled by Collier & Miller at Griffith.
“We will be back at Henty this year with the belt feeder on the Ag ‘n Vet site.’’
For entry forms, contact the HMFD office on 0269 293 305 or email email@example.com
It’s been a sea of green as some of the biggest tractors on the market have been put through their paces at a John Deere in-field training school at the Henty Machinery Field Day site.
Around 64 sales, technical and internal staff from John Deere dealerships around Australia and New Zealand converged on the HMFD site from March 20-31 for training on the John Deere 6000 to 9000 Series tractors.
Each group of 16 staff received instruction on the ballast, transmission, engines, hydraulics, suspension and front-end loader operation of the tractors, ranging from 120 to 345 hp.
Training instructor Anton Kowalenko, of Brisbane, said the tractor optimisation school was about obtaining the best performance out of a machine in the field.
“With a lot of the new technology available in machinery these days, it is important to know how to get machines to perform at their best,’’ Mr Kowalenko said.
“For example, there are tractors here with variable transmission options, including Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT)™, e23™ and CommandQuad ™ Eco, and staff are able to experience this in the field.
“We do schools like this every year – last year we covered combines and sprayers. We will do a hay school later in the year and next year will look at planters and air seeders.’’
Mr Kowalenko said the Henty site had classroom facilities and a field area suitable for large machines pulling implements.
“This location is central to NSW, Victoria and Queensland, and provides large open areas for working the machines,’’ he said.
“We cover a lot of theory but people get more out of these schools when they can operate the machinery.’’
Mr Kowalenko said John Deere, in partnership with dealers, continued to support machinery field days around Australia.
“It is important to be out and about, talking to customers and showing them the products,’’ he said.
“Field days are important from a grower’s point of view of being able to see a lot of equipment all in one place rather than visiting individual dealerships.
“There is normally a lot more equipment on the John Deere site at a field day than you would see at a dealership at any one time.
“The dealers go to quite an effort to have a full range of equipment so that is one of the advantages of coming to a field day.’’
Henty Machinery Field Days chief executive officer Belinda Anderson said the site had plenty of scope for year round machinery demonstrations, field days and new product launches.
Mrs Anderson said the field day site could cater for large groups and up to the biggest agricultural machines.
“We are mid way between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, close to regional air ports at Wagga and Albury, and have classroom facilities, powered sites and loading facilities,’’ she said.
Rural and urban fashion designers and milliners are invited to showcase their talent in this year’s 14th annual Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards.
Boasting prizes valued at over $5000, the fashion awards have grown into a prestigious event attracting high profile designers, with the 2017 entries to be paraded in the Country Lifestyle marquee at the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 19-21 at 1pm each day.
Awards convenor Lyn Jacobsen said the Natural Fibre Fashion Awards grew from the demise of Wagga Wagga’s Golden Gown.
“Since the field days are located within a major wool and fibre producing region, it was important an event be carried on to encourage designers to showcase their creativity using the fibres allowed,’’ Mrs Jacobsen said.
“This competition is free and open to all designers, but the fabric in the garment must be at least 70 per cent natural fibre, which can be wool, cotton, alpaca, silk, linen or combinations.
“Garments are judged on visual appeal, creativity and innovation.’’
Mrs Jacobsen said interest in the awards had already been received this year from as far as Western Australia.
“Early interest from regional TAFE students has been strong for this year’s encouragement award,’’ she said.
To be announced on the final day, the winner of the best garment made with natural fibres will receive $1000 in prize money plus a Bernina B350PE sewing machine valued at $2199, with $500 each to the winners of the best knitted or crocheted garment, millinery and accessory.
Bernina and Julia’s Fabric Boutique, Wodonga, are donating an Activa 215 sewing machine as an encouragement award for the best garment by a student designer.
“Designers may supply their own models, however, we do have Year 10 students from Billabong High School who are given modelling tuition leading up to this event,’’ Mrs Jacobsen said.
People interested in entering the awards can contact Lyn Jacobsen on 0428 690 222, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the HMFD office on (02) 6929 3305.
Youth across the UK will be given a unique opportunity to showcase their creative talents at the 2017 Henty Machinery Field Days through a ground breaking creative exchange program.
The Field Days Co-operative has partnered with the Dreamfields Creative Youth Program to bring the exchange to a reality for next year’s event.
Dreamfields youth performers at Henty this year, Maidie Dawson and Lachlan Mitchell, will be hosted by the Somerset Rural Youth Project, attend the Somerset Youth Music Conference and UK National Folk Centre, and meet iconic Glastonbury Music Festival creator, Michael Eavis.
Dreamfields co-ordinator Craig Dent said Somerset Rural Youth Project would reciprocate by bringing creative youth to the Dreamfields Festival 2017 at the field days on September 19-21.
“Dreamfields provides access to rural youth who are often from isolated towns of less than 100 people, providing an important showcase at the Henty Machinery Field Days,’’ Mr Dent said.
“With the support of SRYP, this exchange program will provide our rural youth with an international experience which will be memorable to participants and enhance their musical potential.
“Henty Machinery Field Days will host Somerset Youth via the Dreamfields Festival and work toward creating an annual partnership from rural Australia to rural UK.’’
Henty Machinery Field Days chief executive officer Belinda Anderson said the HMFD co-operative was a strong advocate of youth involvement in the field days.
Mrs Anderson said the HMFD team was excited at the prospect of having an exchange of Somerset performers to attend the 2017 field days, with the assistance of the Australian Cultural Fund.
“There are few really large festivals and events in rural and regional Australia where youth can showcase their creativity and HMFD is proud to offer the unique venue,’’ she said.
“HMFD is fully supportive of the exchange growing into an annual event, allowing networking, friendship, talent, creativity and learning to be shared among young regional performers from both countries.’’
Donations to the Australian Cultural Fund to assist with the 2017 exchange program can be made to https://australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/dreamfields-creative-youth-exchange/
Hundreds of volunteers who flip burgers, man the entry gates, park cars, wait tables and assist exhibitors at the Henty Machinery Field Days each year were rewarded for their efforts today.
Representatives of 26 organisations and not-for-profit groups from southern NSW gathered at Henty to be publicly thanked by the Henty Machinery Field Days Co-operative and share in more than $300,000 of donated funds.
HMFD chairman Ross Edwards thanked volunteer representatives for their efforts under challenging weather conditions at this year’s field days.
“It was a difficult year to run a field day but the thing I find most heartening is the young people, aged 14 to 30, volunteering,’’ Mr Edwards said.
“Other field day organisers have commented to us on the cleanliness of our site and amenities, and the hospitality of the people in the food outlets.
“That is what is unique about this field day, we keep it as local as possible to help build the regional communities.’’
The field days, held on September 20-22, raised more than $300,000 for the community groups from Henty, Culcairn, Holbrook, Walbundrie, Pleasant Hills, Brocklesby, Osborne, Mangoplah, Lockhart and Yerong Creek.
HMFD CEO Belinda Anderson also paid tribute to the generations of volunteers involved with the field days.
“Part of what we do is to keep the communities we are involved with, going as we know how important they are to the rural areas,’’ Mrs Anderson said.
“In turn, that supports our farmers.’’
Field day volunteer Stephanie Hanckel, of Henty, said the money raised was used to fund local charity work.
“I love the atmosphere, vibrancy, town filling with 56,000 people for three days a year, and the ambience of the field days – even in the rain,’’ she said.
Volunteer Michelle Fagan, Culcairn, said the funds raised filtered out beyond the local communities.
“It touches every person in some way,’’ she said.
John Knobel, Gerogery, and Terry Weston, Culcairn, now have three generations of their families attending the field days.
The pair has volunteered in parcel pick-up and at the entry gates for more than 20 years.
“There is a lot of satisfaction in volunteering – the field days are also of great benefit to all the towns in the shire and that money goes back into the community in so many different ways,’’ Mr Weston said.
Mr Knobel said the pair were almost “mini ambassadors’’ for the field days and Henty with so many visitors asking questions at the parcel pick-up.
Annette Schilg began volunteering at the western entry gate with Pleasant Hills Public School in the 1990s and now works with the Walbundrie Building Committee.
“We wouldn’t have the pavilion at Walbundrie sports ground if it wasn’t for the field days,’’ she said.
“It’s a pleasure to be part of something such as Henty.’’
Michelle Lieschke, of Henty Catering Association, is proud to be a volunteer at the event.
“The sense of community here is strong and that creates a high level of happiness,’’ she said.
“There are a lot of people working behind the scenes and often that is taken for granted.
“If we didn’t have the field days, the community would not be as well off as it is.
“We source all our ingredients locally for the food sheds – it’s about looking after businesses in our own communities.’’
Volunteer and community groups in southern NSW are set to benefit from more than $300,000 raised at the 2016 Henty Machinery Field Days.
The field days, held on September 20-22, drew 55,000 visitors and 868 exhibitors on the largest site area in its 53-year history.
HMFD chief executive officer Belinda Anderson said more than $300,000 was received by community and volunteer groups directly involved with the 2016 field days.
HMFD directors and staff will gather with community representatives on Wednesday, November 9 at 10am at the Henty Community Club to celebrate the achievement.
“The HMFD management extends special thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who willingly give their time each to ensure the field days are a success,’’ Mrs Anderson said.
Each year, volunteers ranging in age from 16 to 75 help flip burgers, make thousands of sandwiches, serve customers and clean the catering sheds.
Other volunteers maintain the amenities and waste disposal, man the entry gates, organise parcel pick-up, park cars, assist exhibitors, wait tables and supervise the Family Resting Place.
The 26 community and not-for-profit groups to benefit from field day funds have included Henty football, tennis and golf clubs, Henty Catering Association, Henty Public School, Henty Early Childhood Association, Lutheran Ladies Guild, and Henty Rotary.
Outside of Henty, groups either providing services to HMFD or operating catering sheds include the Walbundrie Building Committee, Culcairn Swimming Pool Committee, St Pauls Primary School, Brocklesby Public School, Riverlife Church, St Patricks Primary School, Pleasant Hills P & C, Culcairn Football Club, Holbrook Rotary, Lockhart, Mangoplah and Osborne football clubs, St Josephs School Support and CWA Riverina Group.
Henty volunteer Felicity Klemke said the field days generated an exciting buzz around the township.
“It is a real privilege to be involved and provide good, hearty country food at one of Australia’s premier events,’’ Mrs Klemke said.
She described St Paul’s Lutheran School as the “little school with the big heart’’, with 55 students.
“The field days is the main fundraiser on the school’s calendar and it’s a great opportunity for St Paul’s to showcase the school and the community it is made up of,’’ Mrs Klemke said.
“St Pauls has been able to provide library resources, science and maths text books, IPads for all children, professionally landscaped gardens, a renovated tuckshop kitchen and refrigerated bubbler.’’
HMFD chairman Ross Edwards said a key to Henty’s success as Australia’s leading mixed farming field days was the volunteer spirit.
“Behind the displays and new technology on site is a long line of committed individuals who have contributed since the 1960s to make this a major event on the agricultural calendar,’’ Mr Edwards said.
“One of key objectives is to maintain the broad community involvement that has contributed to Henty’s success over the decades.’’
Henty Machinery Field Days have been held up as a beacon of innovation in agriculture by Australian Dairy Farmers vice president Simone Jolliffe.
The dairy farmer from Euberta was invited to officially open the 53rd field days on Tuesday, September 20.
HMFD chairman Ross Edwards said the co-operative wanted to show support for the region’s dairy industry during a challenging time.
“The dairy industry is in crisis and we at Henty appreciate the support dairy farmers and their service industries have contributed to the field days over the decades,’’ Mr Edwards said.
“Historically, the field days have drawn dairy farmers from southern NSW, northern and north-east Victoria and south-eastern NSW.
“Hay and grain produced in this region is consumed Australia wide by the dairy industry.’’
Mrs Jolliffe said supporting local businesses and communities during the industry crisis was important.
“This isn’t just about trade and market but also natural resource management, people, animal health and welfare, farming systems and herd improvement space,’’ she said.
“These field days encompass so much of that – they are a beacon for innovation in agriculture across so many fields and industries.’’
Mrs Jolliffe outlined her family’s long association with the field days, first coming to Henty as a young child with her grandfather.
“There is always a friendly face at every corner and more often than not, friends, neighbours and associates,’’ she said.
“Although the field days have been a constant in my mind, they have changed – change is the only constant in life and these field days are no exception, nor are the opportunities they provide.
“The commitment to innovation and demonstration that we get to see here and share altogether in one place, to see and touch, and have that tangible experience.’’
Mrs Jolliffe said dairy farmers travelled to Henty each year from the NSW south coast and southern highlands, Bega, northern Victoria and throughout the Murray region.
“They travel here because the offerings and opportunities presented by the exhibitors give people the most efficient mechanism to be exposed to the right people and experts they may not normally connect with to develop their businesses into the future,’’ she said.
“They have that opportunity to see and touch, compare intricate details and different options to suit their needs.
“The excitement of these opportunities and innovation are what makes our businesses and communities better and stronger.’’
Mrs Jolliffe said the fact the field days were locked into people’s calendars from year to year demonstrated what strong communities could achieve when they worked together.
“That strength brings together over 850 exhibitors on over 1200 sites and an extraordinary quantity of machinery and goods valued for all to see,’’ she said.
“Rain, shine or mud, Henty Machinery Field Days draws the crowds regardless, and they are never disappointed.’’
One of the biggest lifestyle exhibition venues on the nation’s field day circuit has been named in honour of long serving volunteers Milton Taylor and Colin Wood.
The Taylor Wood Pavilion was officially opened at the 2016 Henty Machinery Field Days on September 20 by HMFD chairman Ross Edwards.
Completed in August, 120m x 18m long pavilion will also be used to stage seminars and trade displays at year round events at the field day site.
The pavilion has a sealed floor and a 387,000 litre rainwater tank for supplying water across the field day site.
Country Lifestyle co-ordinator Lyn Jacobsen said exhibitors and visitors appreciated the firm, all-weather flooring, wide pedestrian aisles and weather-proof comfort.
This year 105 exhibitors with more than 481m of shop front took sites in the Taylor Wood pavilion.
Mr Edwards said the pavilion would further enhance the Country Lifestyle program.
“Henty Machinery Field Days patron Tim Fischer was asked to open the building but unfortunately he could not attend,’’ he said.
“Tim was instrumental in acquiring this old travelling stock reserve when he was a state member 40 years ago.’’
Tim Fischer saluted Milton Taylor and Colin Wood for their voluntary work at the field days.
He said the pair had shown decades of dedication and strong stable leadership as part of a great HMFD team.
Ross Edwards said the building had come to fruition by the untiring work, dedication and drive of HMFD staff member Graeme Hicks.
“The HMFD board, CEO Belinda Anderson and I are indebted to Graeme for his vision to create this building,’’ he said.
“It was the vision of Milton Taylor and the late Ernie Howard in 1963 to found our great event.
“Milton has dedicated his life to agri-politics, his town and region.
“Colin Wood served as chairman for 33 years, was a shire councillor and is heavily involved with the Headlie Taylor Museum Committee in Henty.
“On behalf of the field days and community, I congratulate both men on their decades of wonderful service.’’
Colin Wood paid tribute to Joan Meyer who worked tirelessly to establish the Country Lifestyle program in the early history of the field days.
Milton Taylor complimented the HMFD Co-operative on the present site.
“I offer my sincere gratitude to the board and congratulations on a fantastic achievement of an old man’s dream,’’ Mr Taylor said.
A first for the farm machinery industry, a 10 year compact tractor warranty, was launched to the nation at the Henty Machinery Field Days last week.
Wagga Wagga based company Hutcheon and Pearce used the field days to debut their new industry leading warranty for compact tractors and Series 5 John Deere tractors.
Group marketing co-ordinator Michael Casey said the 10-year or 1000 hour warranty would be of particular benefit to small acreage and hobby farmers.
“Most warranties in this sector tend to ignore the low hours worked on smaller farms and properties, so hanging on to your machine for a longer period means that if something did happen, you were on your own when getting it repaired,’’ Mr Casey said.
“Those days are now gone.
“The standard John Deere warranty is still valid and not replaced by us.
“We are just giving the owner more time if their yearly machine usage is low, and if they keep up with servicing and maintenance.’’
Mr Casey said the warranty covered Compact and Series 5 John Deere tractors ranging from 23 to 93 horsepower.