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

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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

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