Farm Gate Produce pavilion program – Thursday

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10am: Grass Roots Beef – benefits of grass fed beef plus Leanne’s shredded beef and tagliata.

10.30am-12 noon: Dreamfields musician Lachlan Mitchell performs on the sound stage plus the Australian launch of his new EP.

11am: Head hot chilli head Jason Crowley – Low n Slow American Barbecue and Smoking.

12pm: Chef Michelle Matusch demonstrates cooking tips and tricks.

12 noon-1pm: Music artist Maidie Dawson Singer songwriter performs on the Farm Gate sound stage.

1pm-3pm: Dreamfields musician Lachlan Mitchell performs on the sound stage.

1pm: Cofield Wines – how to produce sparkling wine in the traditional way.

2pm: Cofield Wines – an introduction to fortified wines.

 

 

Country Lifestyle program – Thursday, September 22

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9.30am: Prostrate cancer awareness

9.40am: Jamberry nails with Rebecca Clarke

9.45am: Vision Australia – tips and tricks for country eyes.

10am: Cooking demonstration on making apple cakes with Lyn Jacobsen

10.40am: Talk and demonstration using Bernina sewing machines with Cathy Sofarnos and Cathy Upton.

11am: Vintage fashion parade from 1976 plus fashions from Country Lifestyle clientele.

11.35am: Fostering in an ever-changing world.

11.45am: Show and tell talk about organic cotton baby bedding designs, fabrics and products with Mary from Luska’s Lullabies.

12.05pm: Lavender – the wonders and benefits of this amazing herb with Annemarie Manders.

12.25pm: Organ donation – the importance of being registered.

12.30pm: Circus star Marcela Scheuner performs

12.35pm: The ex-Today Show weatherman turned author, Monte Dwyer, talks about how to self-publish and not starve.

1pm: Judging of the 2016 HMFD Natural Fibre Fashion Awards with first prize value being $3199 and prize money of $500 each for best accessory, millinery, knitted or crocheted garment plus the encouragement award of a Bernina sewing machine for the best garment designed by a student.

2.15pm: Entertainment with Dreamfields performer Maidie Dawson.

2.45pm: First aid – what would you do if…?

3.15pm: “From Disney to Lego’’ with Adam Murphy from Welly Wonders.

 

 

 

 

 

Daily program – Thursday, September 22

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-3-44-38-pm8am: Exelpet Sheep and Yard Dog trials start.

9am: Wagga Air Centre helicopter joy flights start.

9.30am: Chainsaw sculpting with Angie Polglaze near The Stump

9.30am: Country Lifestyle program starts

10am: Farm Gate Market Produce pavilion program begins.

10am-12 noon: Dreamfields musician Lachlan Mitchell performs on the sound stage.

11am: Country Lifestyle vintage and exhibitor fashion parade.

11am: Champion axeman and men’s health advocate David Foster appears at Atlantic Oils.

11am: Burrumbuttock Hay Runner and Australian of the Year nominee Brendan Farrell speaks at The Stump.

12 noon: Renowned musician Maidie Dawson performs on the Farm Gate stage (southern end)

1pm: Judging of the 2016 Henty Natural Fibre Fashion and Accessories awards.

1pm-3pm: Dreamfields musician Lachlan Mitchell performs on the sound stage

1pm: Champion axeman and men’s health advocate David Foster appears at Atlantic Oils site.

1.30pm: Presentation of the Tractor and Machinery Association Award at The Stump by TMA CEO Gary Northover.

1.30pm: Exelpet Sheep and Yard Dog trials finals followed by presentations.

2pm: Chainsaw sculpting with Angie Polglaze near The Stump

2.30pm: Country Lifestyle exhibitor fashion parade.

4pm: Gate prize draw of $1000 fuel voucher for use at Caltex Service Stations Australia wide courtesy Tasco Petroleum.

5pm: Helicopter joy flights finish. Gates close.

Country Lifestyle pavilion program – Wednesday

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-7-47-58-pmWednesday, September 21

9.30am: Vision Australia – tips and tricks for country eyes.

9.45am: Lavender – the wonders and benefits of this amazing herb with Annemaree Manders.

10am: Simplicity with Flowers – Judy Knobel.

10.40am: Dressing your body for comfort and confidence with Jo Lucchessi.

11am: Vintage fashion parade from 1976 plus fashions from Country Lifestyle clientele.

11.35am: Matthew Johnstone – motivational speaker from Black Dog Institute.

11.55am: Fiona Palmer talking about her book “The Family Secret’’.

12.15pm: Entertainment with Dreamfields performer Chelsea Knight.

12.30pm: Inspiring cooking in every home with Chef’s Tool Box.

12.45pm: Audrey Hardman speaking about CWA and its relevance to Today’s World.

1pm: 2016 HMFD Natural Fibres Fashion Awards with prize money totalling almost $6000 across all sections. Competition to be judged on Thursday.

1.45pm: Talk and demonstration using Bernina sewing machines with Cathy Sofarnos and Cathy Upton.

2.15pm – Circus star Marcela Schuener performs.

2.25pm: First aid – what would you do if…?

2.30pm: Vintage fashion parade from 1976 plus fashions from Country Lifestyle clientele.

3.05pm: Chemicals in the home – nasty or nice with Nat from Tri Nature

3.20pm: Guide dogs and their importance

 

Farm Gate Market Produce pavilion program

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-10-55-45-amWednesday, September 22

9am: Cheesemaker Gayle Rowan will make artisan cheeses using Mad Millie Cheese kits.

10am-10.45am: “Let’s Cup Coffee’’ – a coffee masterclass with Caz Higgs, Platform 9

10.30am-12 noon: Dreamfields musician Chelsea Knight performs on the sound stage.

11am: Head hot chilli head Jason Crowley – Low n Slow American Barbecue and Smoking.

Noon-1pm: Music artist Maidie Dawson performs on the Farm Gate sound stage.

Noon: Famous Beechworth baker, business entrepreneur and life coach Tom O’Toole will make his favourite fruit cake, rolls and biscuits.

1pm: Cheesemaker Gayle Rowan will make artisan cheeses using Mad Millie Cheese kits.

1pm-3pm: Dreamfields musician Chelsea Knight performs on the sound stage.

2pm: “Let’s Cup Coffee’’ – a coffee masterclass with Caz Higgs, Platform 9

3pm: Famous Beechworth baker, business entrepreneur and life coach Tom O’Toole will make his favourite fruit cake, rolls and biscuits.

 

2016 Henty Machinery Field Days official program

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-5-51-12-amWednesday, September 21, 2016

8am: Exelpet Sheep and Yard Dog trials start

9am: Wagga Air Centre’s helicopter joy flights start.

9am: Chainsaw artistry with chainsaw sculptor Angie Polglaze near The Stump.

9.30am: Farm Gate Market pavilion program begins.

9.30am: Country Lifestyle program starts.

10am-12 noon: Dreamfields musician Chelsea Knight performs on the sound stage.

11am: Winner of the Henty Agri-Innovators Award announced at The Stump

11am: Country Lifestyle vintage and exhibitor fashion parade

11am: Champion axeman and men’s health advocate David Foster appears at Atlantic Oils.

11am: GRDC Northern Panel research forum – in-season updates – 887-888 row R, Fourth Farm Ave.

11.15am: Matthew Johnstone, the Black Dog Institute, launches Riverina Bluebell’s cattle drive fundraiser.

12 noon: Renowned musician Maidie Dawson performs on the Farm Gate stage (southern end).

12.30pm: Yanco Agricultural High School drum corps entertain at The Stump

1pm: 2016 HMFD Natural Fibres Fashion Awards with prize money totalling almost $6000 across all sections. Competition to be judged on Thursday.

1pm-3pm: Dreamfields musician Chelsea Knight performs on the sound stage.

1pm: Champion axeman and men’s health advocate David Foster appears at Atlantic Oils.

1pm: The Scots School pipe band entertains at The Stump.

1.30pm: NSW Farmers’ Association president Derek Schoen speaks at The Stump.

1.45pm: AGCO celebrates the 70th anniversary of the TE20 “Little Grey Fergy’’ Ferguson tractor.

2pm: Chainsaw artistry with chainsaw sculptor Angie Polglaze near The Stump

2.30pm: Country Lifestyle vintage and exhibitor fashion parade

Innovative sheep handler wins Henty Machine of the Year

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Jose, Charlie and Tana Webb, Urana, celebrate their victory in the Machine of the Year Award.

A flexible sheep handling system designed to reduce operator fatigue and increase labour efficiency has been named as the 2016 Henty Machine of the Year.

The Back Up Charlie, entered by Urana farmers Charlie and Tana Webb, has been creating waves since its official launch at Sheepvention in August.

The system impressed judges with its suitability, functionality and scope of application at the Henty Machinery Field Days on Monday.

The field days, southern Australia’s single biggest agricultural and open-air event, are on September 20-22.

Highly commended was the Miller Nitro 6365 self-propelled sprayer with Spray-Air ™ Technology, from McIntosh Distribution, Redcliffe, WA.

A total of 24 machines and equipment at the cutting edge of agricultural technology were showcased in the Machine of the Year.

Announced on the opening day, this “farmers choice’’ award is presented to the most outstanding new piece of agricultural machinery exhibited at the field days.

It was judged by an independent panel of regional primary producers on Monday and presented at the field days opening today (September 20).

In many cases the winning machine has gone on to become a standard piece of equipment on farms throughout Australia.

Judging criteria includes the machine’s purpose and suitability, scope of application, construction (durability and design), ease of maintenance and service, ease of operation and adjustment, availability of parts and overall value for money.

Last year, the award was won by the Axial Throw Flatrac, entered by Victorian company TPOS Fabrications, Coonooer West, Victoria.

Judge Warren Scheetz said the award was open to all machines on site released into the Australian market in the 12 months prior to the field days.

Mr Scheetz said the award showcased innovative equipment already commercially available in the market place.

He said the Back-Up Charlie was labour and time saving, taking the physical effort out of reloading the race with sheep.

“Anyone who has ever worked sheep on their own can appreciate the usefulness of the product at minimising sheep backing up out of the race once it is filled on the way to a sheep handler or drenching race,’’ Mr Scheetz said.

“It is easy to assemble, adjustable to fit various configurations and is portable.’’

Back Up Charlie was launched at Sheepvention at Hamilton in August, winning the livestock/wool technology invention section.

The key to the system is the lightweight hock bars which are below the sheep’s main line of vision and do not allow the sheep to turn or back out of the race.

Designed and manufactured in Lockhart, Back Up Charlie features an anti-backing system, which has been trialled by Charlie and his wife Tana on-farm for several years.

Mr Webb said the system improves sheep flow rate and addressed animal welfare issues.

“There is no reason to physically handle the sheep in the race – this reduces operator frustration and fatigue,’’ he said.

“The need for excessive force or prodders is eliminated – one person with good dogs should be able to crutch over 70 sheep an hour, or with help, over 80 sheep an hour.

“The sheep are not stressed, pushed and forced into the yards, they run a lot better.’’

Runner-up is the Miller Nitro 6365 self-propelled fitted with Spray-Air ™ Technology, from McIntosh Distribution, Redcliffe, WA.

The new Miller Nitro 6365 with Spray-Air has been demonstrated to farmers in many parts of Australia and feedback has been glowing.

The praise has centred on the new model’s innovative drive train system, which allows maximum power and delivers up to a 30 per cent reduction in fuel consumption compared with equivalent sized machines.

The new drive train has been completely redesigned with variable displacement hydrostatic drive system and planetary torque hubs.

This means faster response to speed changes through more efficient transfer of power to the ground, even at lower engine RPM, all contributing to a reduction in fuel consumption.

Warren Scheetz said the Nitro 6365 was a major upgrade from previous models, particularly around the serviceability and power train.

“The Spray-Air system has ability to vary droplet sizes to suit the application,’’ he said.

“The Spray-Air boom was deemed to be quite innovative combining the benefits of air assist and air anatomisation into one spray nozzle system.

“Overall, the judges were impressed with the build and technology of all the entries in the Machine of the Year Award.

“However, the Back-Up Charlie was a standout entry as far as a new product and innovation went.’’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HMFD Chairman’s address for 2016

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-10-21-05-amThe Hon. Michael McCormack, Minister for Small Business and Member for Riverina, the Hon Sussan Ley, Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport, our loyal exhibitors, the many volunteers, ladies and gentleman, girls and boys.

How true was Dorothy McKellar when she penned “A land of droughts and flooding rains’’.

What a season it has been, a dry start followed by consistent rain. Whilst some areas are a tad wet, by and large the grain industry is looking at a record harvest.

On the livestock side, cattle prices are at record levels and the lamb and mutton prices are buoyant.

Of interest, first cross ewes at Temora last week sold up to $292 a head while recent bull and ram sales reflect the confidence in the future of the livestock industries.

On the downside, 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.

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.

We are privileged to have Australian Dairy Farmers deputy chairwoman and Wagga dairy farmer Simone Jolliffe to officially open our field days.

2016 has realised a long held dream for the field days co-operative with the opening of the magnificent pavilion to house Country Lifestyle.

The pavilion will act as a venue for year-round events on the site.

My thanks to all who worked on this project, including Graeme Hicks, whose dedication and drive took this project from a dream to reality.

We also welcome the assistance of Baker Seed Co, of Rutherglen, this year. Their staff has sown the demonstration agronomy plots to 22 different wheat varieties, and I encourage all visitors to inspect the site and talk to the experts on hand.

This is also a landmark year for the co-operative as it celebrates the 40th field day at this permanent Cookardinia Road site.

We pay tribute to the hundreds of volunteers who erected the storage and luncheon pavilions, pegged and filled the exhibition blocks, installed culverts, spread road gravel and cleaned up the car park back in 1976.

Forty years ago, the field days were being promoted as the agricultural supermarket to 14,000 rural properties.

Today, it is a first class exhibition venue hosting the nation’s biggest single agricultural and outdoor event, and drawing 70,000 national and international visitors.

To our wonderful staff headed by CEO Belinda Anderson thank you for another great year.

Thanks to my fellow board members and all our committee for a great job, especially our youngest members who have done themselves proud.

The HMFD Co-operative has always been supportive of our younger generation and it is of paramount importance we attract young people to all areas of agriculture to ensure the industry’s future.

This year, the Henty Machinery Field Days Co-operative welcomes our first female member, Sheree Hamson, of Culcairn.

I wish our exhibitors a wonderful and enjoyable field days and those attending a great three days.

-Ross Edwards

HMFD Chairman

 

All set for a bumper field days at Henty in 2016

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The 2015 Henty Machinery Field Days drew a record crowd of 70,000 visitors and 870 exhibitors across more than 1200 sites.

Winter rain across the mixed farming belt and strong commodity prices will combine with a full house of exhibitors at the 53rd annual Henty Machinery Field Days.

The 105ha grounds are at capacity with the September 20-22 event expected to draw a crowd of 60,000 keen to inspect $110 million worth of machinery and goods on site.

More than 850 exhibitors will display their products on over 1200 sites in what is now the single largest agricultural and open-air event in southern Australia.

Chief executive officer Belinda Anderson said the HMFD team would present an event maintaining a focus on agriculture and machinery.

Riverina company Moane Fitzgerald Constructions is partnering with the HMFD Co-operative to improve the site in a staged development plan.

As the principal sponsor, the company has completed general road improvements to the overall site and exhibition areas in Petticoat Lane, and improved the toilet facilities over the past year.

As the Henty Machinery Field Days heads into its 53rd year, an economic impact study has revealed the event contributes $92 million to the national economy.

The study undertaken by Crowe Horwarth last year showed the field days created around $30 million in economic value and sustained 321 full-time jobs in southern NSW and northern Victoria.

The total spend from the field days is worth $56 million each year, or $92 million with the multiplier effect, sustaining 986 jobs nationally.

The field days draw 47.5 per cent of visitors from more than three hours away.

HMFD chairman Ross Edwards said the study had certainly spelt out the importance of the field days.

“Not only in this region but across Australia – to think this is the result of a one day header school in the 1960s makes one feel humble to be the leader of this massive achievement,’’ Mr Edwards said.

This year marks the 40th anniversary since the co-operative moved to a permanent site on the Cookardinia Road, east of Henty.

An old travelling stock reserve was transformed into a permanent field day site by thousands of hours of volunteer labour.

The first official field days were held in 1963 at the Henty showground and rotated around local farms in the following years before finding a permanent home.

Among the features for the 2016 event will be the popular agronomy demonstration plots.

Grain growers will be able to inspect 22 wheat varieties, including a potential replacement for Wedgetail, at the agronomy plots at this year’s field days.

The Henty Machinery Field Days Co-operative has partnered with Rutherglen company Baker Seed Co to present the latest wheat varieties for field day patrons.

HMFD chief executive officer Belinda Anderson said the management of the agronomy plots by Baker Seed Co would be a drawcard to the field days for those interested in cereal crops.

“Traditionally, the plots have been a highlight for farmers,’’ Mrs Anderson said.

“This display allows for farmers to view new and existing varieties and to also compare the plots to what is happening in their own paddocks.

“Henty is located in the heart of a mixed farming region and the plots will enhance not only the displays on site but the overall experience for visitors.’’

Farm inventors, backyard tinkerers and students will display their innovative ideas at the Agri-Innovators site at the 2016 Henty Machinery Field Days.

The entries had to meet the criteria of having a practical on-farm application, be based on an original idea of the entrant and not in full scale production at the time of entry.

Other drawcards at the 2016 event will be the daily demonstrations of the sheep and yard dog trials, 2016 Natural Fibre Fashion Awards, chainsaw carving, vintage farm machinery, and the Farm Gate Produce Market Area with entertainment by Dreamfields creative mentoring program.

The prestigious Henty Machine of the Year Award will be judged on September 19 and presented at the official opening on Tuesday, September 20.

To pay tribute to the nation’s dairy industry during its time of crisis, the field days will be officially opened by Australian Dairy Farmers vice-president and Wagga dairy farmer, Simone Jolliffe.

Hume Bank will offer one ATM at the pop-up branch on the Main Road (opposite the field day’s office) and the second ATM will be located at the intersection of Farm Avenue and Ag Place.

Visitors will be able to pre-purchase their tickets on-line. Simply go to the visitor’s page on www.hmfd.com.au and click on Buy Tickets, then follow the prompts.

Tired legs and heavy shopping bags will be relieved with two free shuttle buses, stopping at eight designated points around the Henty site.

Country Lifestyle is celebrating the completion of an all-weather site with a new 120m long shed with a sealed floor to accommodate 105 exhibitors with more than 481m of shop front.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the field days at the Cookardinia Road site, there will be vintage fashion parades featuring garments from the mid 1970s daily at 11am and 2.30pm.

Designers with a flair for converting natural fibres into wearable art will compete for almost $6000 worth of prizes.

The Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards showcase designs using at least 70 per cent natural fibres with the winners announced about 1pm Thursday.

Cooking demonstrations and talks by celebrity presenters, including Tom O’Toole and Caz Higgs, will take place at the Farm Gate Market Produce Area.

Kiewa Valley born singer songwriter and Telstra Road to Discovery entrant Maidie Dawson will perform on the Farm Gate stage each day from noon to 1pm.

Also performing on the sound stage is a strong line-up of talented young performers from the Dreamfields Creative Youth Mentor program.

Competition is expected to be intense this year at Henty as the nation’s best sheep dogs and their handlers gather for the Excelpet/Pedigree Sheep and Yard Dog Trials.

Last year’s highly popular Parelli Natural Horsemanship demonstrations by senior Parelli instructors will again be held during the lunch break in the dog trials arena.

One of the few full-time professional chainsaw sculptors in Australia, Angie Polglaze, will be showcasing this art form each day during the morning and afternoon sessions near The Stump.

Visitors will be able to take 10-minute helicopter joy flights over the field day site and surrounding countryside with Wagga Air Centre pilot Chris Cabot.

Always drawing a large crowd, the display by the Henty and District Antique Farm Machinery Club members is to focus on Australian made machinery.

Each visitor through the gate will be eligible for the gate prize of $1000 fuel voucher courtesy TASCO Petroleum.

The winner will receive a voucher redeemable at Caltex Service Stations Australia-wide for $1000 worth of fuel (unleaded or diesel). Simply clip out the coupon in the official HMFD program and drop it in the barrel at site 727 in P block or 6th Farm Avenue.

Gates are open from 8am to 5pm, with adult tickets $20, children 12 to 16 years $5, and children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult.

Silk creations from India to star on catwalk at Henty

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-6-58-51-amInternational, award winning fashion designer Kunal Debnath will be represented in the Henty Natural Fibres Fashion Awards with a stunning silk creation.

Kunal is a professional designer and artist from India, graduating from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, and enjoys playing with offbeat materials to create art and fashion.

He was among the top 60 designers in the world to showcase a creation at the 2015 Frankfurt Style Awards and has won national accolades in his native country.

“I am entering the Henty awards to spread the beauty of Indian handloom textiles and the painstaking method of such fabric processes,’’ Kunal said.

“Also, to give a glimpse of the potential Indian handloom fabrics in a global market and to render an Indian essence to the whole show.’’

His design is made from silks, reared in Assam, a north-eastern part of India.

Pat silk is produced in limited quantities due to few mulberry worms being reared in Assam.

“Eri silk is also known as Indi silk and is not only a warm and soft fabric, but also has excellent characteristics such as anti-fungal, non-toxic, bio-degradable and sustainability,’’ Kunal said.

The winners of each category in the Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards will be announced from 1pm on Thursday, September 22.

The supreme garment will win $1000 plus a sewing machine valued at $3199.

There is prize money of $500 each for best accessory, millinery, knitted or crocheted garment plus the encouragement award of a Bernina sewing machine for the best garment designed by a student.