Henty site at capacity despite tough seasonal conditions

An aerial shot of the 2017 field days – this year the site is at capacity.

Australia’s biggest mixed farming field days at Henty are at capacity with $120 million worth of machinery and technology on display for the agricultural sector on September 18-20.

More than 800 exhibitors on 1200 sites and representing over 3500 companies will present more than 14km of external shopfront for field days visitors.

HMFD chief executive officer Belinda Anderson anticipates strong patronage from the regional community wanting to show their support for the agricultural sector in a time of need.

“From all reports, the crowds and exhibitors turned out to support the AgQuip field days at Gunnedah this week despite serious drought conditions in that part of the state,’’ Mrs Anderson said.

She said recent rain meant cropping conditions remained favourable within a 150km radius of Albury-Wodonga.

“Many of our visitors come from within a 3 hour radius of Henty and there is no doubt the majority of these areas are doing it tough.

“Even if by attending Henty, it simply gives people a day out and a little relief from the monotony of drought, then we have done our job.

“We encourage landholders to check out the NSW Government drought assistance and services available at the Local Land Services, NSW Department of Primary Industries and Rural Financial Counselling Service sites at Henty.

“The mood among our exhibitors remains positive and we are aiming to continue what we have done for the last 54 years, and that is provide an agribusiness supermarket of the latest and greatest developments in agriculture.’’

To date, the Henty site has received 265mm with the Baker Seeds agronomy site on track to showcase 25 cereal and two barley varieties plus legumes, forage and oil seed varieties.

Mrs Anderson said hay bales used on exhibitor sites and purchased last year for the 2018 event would be donated as drought relief.

Lyn Jacobsen, of Albury, has donated a John Deere collector’s quilt to be auctioned for the CWA of NSW Drought Aid on Thursday, September 20.

Stockinbingal farmer John Harper, founder of the Mate Helping Mate program, will speak on drought survival at Country Lifestyle on Thursday, September 20 at 12.25pm.

Burrumbuttock Hay Runners will again have a site at Henty this year for their merchandise sales and taking donations towards their next hay run to Queensland in January.