Henty Wrap Up

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A CROWD of 55,000 de­scended upon this year’s Henty Machin­ery Field Days (HMFD) to in­spect the agribusi­ness su­per­mar­ket de­spite the less-than-ideal weather.

Show­cased by 868 ex­hibitors on the big­gest site area in the event’s his­tory, HMFD chair­man Ross Ed­wards said the hot ticket items this year were the sheep and cat­tle han­dling equip­ment and chaser bins.

“Farm Gate was a hit again with good feed­back on the qual­ity of the lo­cally grown pro­duce,” he said.

“The agron­omy trial plots were out­stand­ing and Baker Seed Co, to their credit, had done a great job there.

“Ex­hibitors that I have spo­ken to by and large are happy, with many mak­ing good sales.

“On the qui­eter day they had time to talk to those peo­ple gen­uinely com­ing along to make a pur­chase,” Mr Ed­wards added.

The 53rd an­nual field days marked 50 years of vol­un­tary ser­vice for Mr Ed­wards since first work­ing as a car park at­ten­dant at the 1966 field days.

The event was of­fi­cially opened by Aus­tralian Dairy Farm­ers vice pres­i­dent Si­mon Jol­liffe who said that the field days are a bea­con for in­no­va­tion in agri­cul­ture across so many fields and in­dus­tries.

“They (farm­ers) travel here be­cause the of­fer­ings and op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented by the ex­hibitors give peo­ple the most ef­fi­cient mech­a­nism to be ex­posed to the right peo­ple and ex­perts they may not nor­mally con­nect with to de­velop their busi­nesses into the fu­ture,” she said.

“They have the op­por­tu­nity to see and touch, com­pare in­tri­cate de­tails and dif­fer­ent op­tions to suit their needs.

“The ex­cite­ment of these op­por­tu­ni­ties and in­no­va­tion are what makes our busi­nesses and com­mu­ni­ties bet­ter and stronger,” Ms Jol­liffe added.

The cov­eted Henty Ma­chine of the Year Award was won by Urana wool­grow­ers, Char­lie and Tana Webb for their sheep han­dling so­lu­tion ‘Back Up Char­lie’.

Highly com­mended was the Miller Nitro 6365 with Spray Air from McIntosh Dis­trib­u­tors, WA.

The Lan­daco Max­is­pread bulk spreader from Lan­daco Equip­ment, Wagga Wagga won the Trac­tor and Machin­ery As­so­ci­a­tion Award for best new Aus­tralian de­signed and built agri­cul­tural ma­chine.

The Ex­elpet/Pedi­gree three sheep field trial drew 105 en­tries from around the na­tion.

Paul El­liot from Eu­mun­gerie, NSW took out the event with his dog El­liotts Ge­orgie.

Draw­ing a record 130 en­tries, the Ex­elpet/ Pedi­gree Mur­ray Val­ley Yard Dog Cham­pi­onships were dom­i­nated by Dale Thomp­son from Win­ton, Vic­to­ria and his nineyear old bitch, Roustabout Girl.

New Zealand fash­ion de­signer Lau­rel Judd set the cat­walk abuzz with her fit­ted and back­less ma­chine knit­ted gown in fine Merino yarn to win the Henty Nat­u­ral Fi­bres Fash­ion Award supreme gar­ment.

The com­pe­ti­tion drew al­most 90 en­tries, in­clud­ing an ad­di­tional in­ter­na­tional en­try from India.

Amanda Causer, Wagga, won the mil­lenary sec­tion, Judy Bond from Mil­dura won the knit­ted and cro­chet sec­tion, Faye Marks from Wodonga won the ac­ces­sories and Mol­lie O’Halloran from Yar­ra­wonga took home the stu­dent en­cour­age­ment award.

BAR­GAIN HUNT­ING: Vis­i­tors from all over Aus­tralia stepped through the gates at this year’s event.

BABY AN­I­MALS: These cute piglets were just one of the many baby an­i­mals that were avail­able for pet­ting at the an­i­mal nurs­ery.

OF­FI­CIALLY OPEN: Aus­tralian Dairy Farm­ers vice pres­i­dent Si­mone Jo­liffe of­fi­cially opens the 2016 Henty Machin­ery Field Days.

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