Agri-Innovators showcases innovative ideas |


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Farm inventors, backyard tinkerers and students are invited to showcase their innovative ideas in the Agri-Innovator of the Year Award at the 2019 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. The 2018 winner was Justin Dunn, Temora, for The Shepherd, an automated sheep feeder designed to deliver a controlled maintenance ration at […]

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Henty MOTY Award recognises innovative technology |


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Machines at the cutting edge of agricultural technology are invited to enter 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 on September 17-19, 2019. The award 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. […]

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Henty fashion awards celebrate beauty of natural fibres |


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Rural and urban fashion designers and milliners are invited to showcase their talent in this year’s 16th annual Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards. Boasting prizes valued at around $5000, the fashion awards have grown into a prestigious event attracting high profile designers, with the 2019 entries to be paraded in the Country Lifestyle marquee at the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 17-19 at 1pm each day. Awards convenor Lyn Jacobsen said the Natural Fibre Fashion Awards grew from the […]

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Nigel Scheetz appointed new chairman at Henty field days |


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Yerong Creek farmer Ross Edwards has stepped down as chair of the Henty Machinery Field Days after 11 years at the helm. Culcairn farmer and HMFD deputy chair Nigel Scheetz has been appointed to fill the role on the seven-member board while Mr Edwards will remain as a director. Mr Edwards took on the role in 2007 upon the retirement of the late Colin Wood, who served as chair for 33 years. “Henty is part of the social and economic […]

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Acceleration from automated to autonomous tractors |


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There won’t be any robotic tractors in the iconic green and yellow livery any time soon but John Deere has flagged an accelerated journey from automation to autonomy. John Deere Limited managing director (Australia/New Zealand) Peter Wanckel was a keynote speaker at the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 20 for the brand’s celebration of 100 years of tractor manufacture. Mr Wanckel said the industry was on the cusp of exciting technological times. “The increased use of (telemetry) technology will […]

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Hay, fencing and stock handling big ticket items at Henty |


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A crowd just shy of 60,000 flocked to the 2018 Henty Machinery Field Days to inspect the “agribusiness supermarket’’, showcased by 849 exhibitors across the 105 hectares. Held on September 18-20, the 55th annual field days featured 14km of outdoor shop fronts on over 1200 sites. Despite tough seasonal conditions along the eastern seaboard, visitors responded from every state in Australia, seeking out the hot ticket items of hay, fencing and stock handling equipment. With many regional cereal and oil […]

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John Deere fans have a field day at centenary celebrations |


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John Deere enthusiasts had a field day last week with a program chocked full of tractors, cakes, tractor pulls, vintage horsepower, quilts and a Mr and Ms JD competition at Henty. The occasion celebrated 100 years of tractor manufacture for the iconic agricultural brand, and gave John Deere fans a rare photo opportunity with two tractors, made 100 years apart, sitting side by side. A 25hp Waterloo Boy tractor and its big brother, a 570hp John Deere quad track 9RX, […]

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Automated sheep feeder wins plenty of fans at Henty |


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An automated sheep feeder designed to deliver a controlled maintenance ration at pre-set times and reduce mismothering has won the 2018 Henty Agri-Innovators Award. The Shepherd was designed and entered by Justin Dunn, “Thunder Valley’’, Temora, and drew much public interest during the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 18-20. The award was presented by HMFD director Matt Noll to Mr Dunn on Wednesday, September 19. The solar powered feeder has a programmable timer and sensor, with a buzzer alarm […]

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Woollen cocktail dress steals limelight in Henty awards |


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A tartan cocktail dress stole the limelight in the catwalk at the Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards to win the supreme garment. The outfit was designed and entered by Lorraine Shipway, Collingullie, NSW, and capably modelled by Billabong High School student Shalayla Wheeler, 16, of Holbrook. The 15th Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards were a highlight of the Country Lifestyle program at the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 18-20. Fashion designers vied for the chance to win a Bernina […]

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Laurie Slater wins Henty sheep trial title for fifth time |


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Octogenarian Laurie Slater overcame a serious injury to take the prestigious Henty Three Sheep Trial Championship for the fifth time. Laurie, 85, of Murrumbateman, and his Border Collie, Wondara Jules, outclassed a strong line-up of handlers and their dogs in the Pedigree and Nature’s Table Three Sheep Trial. The trial drew over 100 entries and was run over the three days of the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 18-20. Laurie was fresh from winning the improver class at the […]

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