Henty Wrap Up
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.