ON THE LAND En­tries sought for Henty Field Days

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Agri­cul­tural ma­chin­ery man­u­fac­tur­ers, farm in­ven­tors, back­yard tin­ker­ers and stu­dents are urged to en­ter their in­no­va­tive ideas for the three ma­jor awards at the 2018 Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days.

The awards, the Henty Ma­chine of the Year, the Agri-In­no­va­tors Award and the Best Aus­tralian De­signed and Man­u­fac­tured Ma­chine, are among the most pres­ti­gious on the na­tion’s field day cir­cuit.

In the Agri-In­no­va­tors Award, 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.

Last year’s en­tries ranged from a slip tie and strap grip to a poly spin­ner, ute hay bale lifter and non-re­turn ir­ri­ga­tion valve from farm­ers in south­ern NSW and Vic­to­ria.

The 2017 win­ner was Barry Ben­nett, of Ba­rooga, NSW, with his Slip Tie, which stops any move­ment by the spacer strap and se­cures fuel tanks or hay rolls on utes and trail­ers.

HMFD chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Belinda An­der­son said the Agri-In­no­va­tors Award was aimed at ter­tiary and univer­sity stu­dents, farm­ers, back­yard tin­ker­ers and in­no­va­tors.

“En­tries can be any agribusi­ness in­ven­tion, rang­ing from a mo­bile phone app or com­puter soft­ware pro­gram to the largest tillage ma­chin­ery,’’ Mrs An­der­son said.

“This year’s en­trants will re­ceive ex­po­sure to the agri­cul­tural mar­ket place and the op­por­tu­nity to net­work with po­ten­tial man­u­fac­tur­ers.’’

En­tries at the cut­ting edge of agri­cul­tural tech­nol­ogy will also line up be­fore the judges in the cov­eted 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.

It 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.

Judg­ing cri­te­ria in­cludes the ma­chine’s pur­pose and suit­abil­ity, scope of ap­pli­ca­tion, con­struc­tion, ease of main­te­nance and ser­vice, ease of op­er­a­tion and ad­just­ment, avail­abil­ity of parts and over­all value for money.

Last year, the award drew 18 en­tries with one of the widest drills on the mar­ket, the 3420 PHD Par­alink Hoe Drill, en­tered by Bour­gault, im­press­ing judges to take out the award.

Highly com­mended was the Coola­mon All Rounder multi-pur­pose chaser bin en­tered by Bruce and Heath Hutcheon, Coola­mon Chaser Bins, Coola­mon, NSW.

HMFD di­rec­tor Nigel Scheetz said the award was open to all ma­chines on site re­leased into the Aus­tralian mar­ket in the pre­vi­ous 12 months.

A South Aus­tralian de­signed and man­u­fac­tured multi-pur­pose track­ing trailer won the Greater Hume Shire Award at last year’s field days.

De­vel­oped to trans­port header combs, the Kelly Track­ing Trailer can be used through­out the year for car­ry­ing mul­ti­ple liq­uid fer­tiliser, chem­i­cal shut­tles, hay and a wide range of header fronts.

The award recog­nises the best new Aus­tralian de­signed and built agri­cul­tural ma­chine and was judged by a panel of in­de­pen­dent judges.

For en­try forms for the three cat­e­gories, con­tact the HMFD of­fice on 0269 293 305 or email ad­min@hmfd.com.au

Ba­rooga farmer Barry Ben­nett with his win­ning Slip Tie in the Henty Agri-In­no­va­tors Award last year.

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