Event news: Henty Machinery Field Days
The three-day Henty Machinery Field Days was jam packed with more than 800 exhibitors and $120 million worth of machinery and technology on show in regional New South Wales. Randall Johnston went along to check it out
Around 57,000 people visited this year’s Henty Machinery Field Days, which took place 18–20 September. With 849 exhibitors across the 105-hectare site, people flocked from all over Australia to inspect the latest developments in agricultural machinery and technology.
The Henty Innovation Award 2018 went to Justin Dunn, creator of ‘The Shepard’ automated sheep feeder, which minimises feed wastage in the current drought conditions.
The Henty Machine of the Year Award 2018, meanwhile, went to the Schinckel Hayrakes Next F Series V-Rake. The South-Australian designed hay rake impressed judges with its simplicity, ease of operation and features such as self-opening wings to reduce heavy lifting by the operator.
The Berrima Engineering Multi-Ted hay tedder won the Greater Hume Shire Award for the best new Australian-designed and built agricultural machine, with company director Martin Morona of Deniliquin receiving the accolade. The Multi-Ted improves hay and silage quality by reducing drying time and bleaching.
John Deere was celebrating its 100th anniversary with a record number of green-blooded JD fans gathered at Henty to mark the occasion and a 2018 John Deere 9RX dwarfing the original 1918 great grandfather ‘Waterloo Boy’ tractor on display.
The machinery demonstrations were also a hit with the JCB Hydradig 110W wheeled excavator, Brookfield SD150S-TR Super Drill, John Deere R4045 self-propelled sprayer, and the New Holland T7.315 tractor in action.
Images:1. Farmers and suppliers came from all around to be at Henty to check out the latest gear2. Kerfab Rhino 20-tonne bucket with adjustable head bracket to suit any make of excavator3. Gason 5030 Series fertiliser spreader4. Serafin Eco 64 Plate Tandem5. Pottinger HIT 6.69 tedder6. Amazone Pontera 4502-H self-propelled sprayer7. YTO TZ10D1104 tractor