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
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.
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