Ag su­per­mar­ket proves a hit

Shepparton News - Country News - - HENTY MACHINERY FIELD DAYS -

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 ha.

Held from Septem­ber 18 to 20, the 55th an­nual field days fea­tured 14 km of out­door shopfronts on more than 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 seed crops due to be cut for hay this week, mow­ers, rakes and ted­ders were at the fore­front of in­quiry and sales.

In sup­port of drought-af­fected farm­ers, Wagga Wagga busi­ness Grain­line auc­tioned a grain auger for $22 209 to raise funds for the Rapid Relief Team.

Pi­o­neer Wa­ter Tanks auc­tioned a tank for $7000 to do­nate to the Bur­rum­but­tock Hay Run­ners and a col­lectible quilt sold for $1500 with the pro­ceeds go­ing to CWA of NSW for Dis­as­ter Relief.

Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Belinda An­der­son said ex­hibitor num­bers were al­most on par with last year and some had in­creased their site to ac­com­mo­date larger ma­chin­ery and equip­ment.

She said a fi­nal crowd num­ber of 57 000 had gen­er­ated sales of stock han­dling, fenc­ing prod­ucts and wa­ter troughs.

A high­light of this year’s event was the cov­eted Henty Ma­chine of the Year Award, which was pre­sented to Si­mon Sch­inckel, from Nara­coorte, South Aus­tralia, for the Sch­inckel Next F Se­ries V-rake.

Highly com­mended was the Post Straight­ener from Daryl Irv­ing and Dan Robin­son, from Mudgee, NSW.

The field days were of­fi­cially opened by Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion deputy chair­man Mick Keogh.

Field of dreams . . . An aerial shot of the Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days site. The event was held be­tween Septem­ber 18 and 20.

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