Henty Field Days gallery

About 850 ex­hibitors showed some amaz­ing gear at the Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days. Here are some high­lights from Tech­ni­cal Ed­i­tor Tom Dick­son

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Char­lie Webb’s Back Up Char­lie flex­i­ble sheep move­ment sys­tem won the Ma­chine of the Year Award at the re­cent Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days, mak­ing it a top at­trac­tion for the 60,000 vis­i­tors ex­pected to walk through the gates.

With the pre­dic­tion of less-than-favourable weather on its way, a mas­sive crowd filed through the gates on day one ea­ger to take ad­van­tage of a win­dow of fine weather.

Al­ways at­tract­ing plenty of in­ter­est is the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Henty Ma­chine of the Year Award. It is judged by an in­de­pen­dent panel of pri­mary pro­duc­ers and, like last year’s Fla­trac wheel track ren­o­va­tor, the win­ner goes on to be­come a stan­dard piece of equip­ment on farms.

Back Up Char­lie con­sists of a forc­ing yard lead­ing into an ad­justable dual race sys­tem for the move­ment of sheep into sheep han­dlers, crutch­ing plants or scan­ning ma­chines.

The key to its ef­fec­tive and hu­mane op­er­a­tion is the light­weight hock bars in each race, which al­low con­stant for­ward move­ment but pre­vent the sheep from back­ing out.

Urana pro­ducer Char­lie Webb said he de­signed the ma­chine to re­duce fa­tigue and in­crease labour ef­fi­ciency on his own prop­erty, Lake­side.

Sec­ond place, with high com­men­da­tion, went to the Miller Nitro 6365 self-pro­pelled sprayer with Spray-Air tech­nol­ogy. The SprayAir boom com­bines the ben­e­fits of air as­sist and anatomi­sa­tion into one spray noz­zle sys­tem.

It is claimed that the new model is up to 30 per cent more fuel ef­fi­cient than sim­i­lar-sized ma­chines.

Over­all, ex­hibitors and deal­ers told Farms & Farm Ma­chin­ery that they’d ex­pe­ri­enced strong buyer in­ter­est, with many claim­ing bet­ter-than-ex­pected sales from day one.

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1: Over 850 ex­hibitors crammed into the Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days

site for the three-day event

2: The Miller Nitro 6365 self-pro­pelled sprayer with Spray-Air Tech­nol­ogy took out sec­ond place and re­ceived high com­men­da­tion in the Henty Ma­chine of the Year com­pe­ti­tion 3: The 708cc Yamaha Wolver­ine ATV fea­tures a fully au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, im­proved rider com­fort and a speed-sen­si­tive power steer­ing sys­tem

4: The award-win­ning Back Up Char­lie pro­motes con­stant sheep flow while re­duc­ing op­er­a­tor fa­tigue. The flex­i­ble forc­ing race can be set up in a straight line or up to 180 de­grees to cre­ate a bu­gle con­fig­u­ra­tion

5: BA Pumps and Sprayers re­gional man­ager Daniel Pea­cock lifts the lid on the new BA LS1300 link­age sprayer’s im­proved fold­away chem­i­cal in­duc­tion hop­per with con­tainer rise

6: The Bur­rum­but­tock Hay Run­ners con­tinue to sup­port farm­ers

through­out drought-af­fected parts of Aus­tralia 6

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