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Henty Machinery Field Days

Event date: 19/09/2017 - 21/09/2017 Export event

Welcome to Henty Machinery Field Days, home of Australia’s premier mixed farming event. Located in the heart of the nation’s food bowl in southern NSW, Henty Machinery Field Days is an agribusiness supermarket attracting more than 60,000 visitors each year. Henty Machinery Field Days is now regarded as southern Australia’s single biggest agricultural event, showcasing the latest in machinery and farm equipment, outdoors and camping products, farm produce, agronomy, country lifestyle, government and health services, agribusiness and finance services. The not-for-profit event is farmer driven and run by a board of agriculturalists from southern NSW, supported by 80-plus members of the field days co-operative. Henty Machinery Field Days celebrated 50 years in 2013 after being founded as a one-day header school at the Henty showground in 1963. The 2017 Henty Machinery Field Days on September 19-21 will feature more than 1200 sites and over 800 exhibitors on the permanent 105ha site.
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Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards

Rural and urban fashion designers and milliners are invited to showcase their talent in this year’s 14th annual Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards.
Boasting prizes valued at over $5000, the fashion awards have grown into a prestigious event attracting high profile designers, with the 2017 entries to be paraded in the Country Lifestyle marquee at the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 19-21 at 1pm each day. Awards convenor Lyn Jacobsen said the Natural Fibre Fashion Awards grew from the demise of Wagga Wagga’s Golden Gown.
This competition is free and open to all designers, but the fabric in the garment must be at least 70 per cent natural fibre, which can be wool, cotton, alpaca, silk, linen or combinations. Garments are judged on visual appeal, creativity and innovation.
To be announced on the final day, the winner of the best garment made with natural fibres will receive $1000 in prize money plus a Bernina B350PE sewing machine valued at $2199, with $500 each to the winners of the best knitted or crocheted garment, millinery and accessory.
Bernina and Julia’s Fabric Boutique, Wodonga, are donating an Activa 215 sewing machine as an encouragement award for the best garment by a student designer. 


People interested in entering the awards can contact Lyn Jacobsen on 0428 690 222, email naturalfibre@hmfd.com.au or phone the HMFD office on (02) 6929 3305.

Agri-Innovators Award

Farm inventors, backyard tinkerers and students are urged to enter their innovative ideas for the Agri-Innovators Award at the 2017 Henty Machinery Field Days. 
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 inaugural entries ranged from a hand tool to a slip-on fencing tray and automated bale feeder from farmers in north east Victoria, southern NSW and the NSW southern tablelands. The 2016 winners were Pat and Margaret Daniher, of Girral, with the remote controlled Daniher Belt Feeder, an easy solution to feeding out fodder off the back of a ute.
HMFD chief executive officer Belinda Anderson said the decision to renew the farm innovation concept was made after inventors were left disappointed with the demise of the NSW Farm Inventor of the Year Awards in 2015. A perennial favourite with the Henty Machinery Field Days visitors, the awards had provided the launching pad for scores of backyard tinkerers, budding entrepreneurs and enterprising visionaries.
Mrs Anderson said Agri-Innovators 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. This year’s entrants will receive exposure to the agricultural market place and the opportunity to network with potential manufacturers.
Margaret Daniher encouraged all inventors or would-be inventors to enter their design in the awards.
She said nation-wide recognition of their product had resulted from their win at Henty last year.
The couple went on to exhibit at South Australia’s South East Field Days and Sheepvention, at Hamilton, Vic.
“We have made some modifications to the feeder to handle round bales – the coverage for us following Henty was a great bonus and the flow on effects were fantastic,’’ Mrs Daniher said. “In the past, the inventors awards were always the focal point of our visit to the field days. I love going to Henty, it’s my favourite field days – I can walk around it in a day and it’s nice to have a look at everything.’’
Mrs Daniher urged anyone with an invention in their back shed to enter the Agri-Innovators Award.
“Give it a go and keep going, put it out there as you just never know who is walking past on the day,’’ she said.
“It has given me a lot of self confidence in having that contact with people, and it gives us another outlet away from the farm as we don’t have many holidays. We are now adjusting to the next step beyond the Award and having the feeder components manufactured locally and assembled by Collier & Miller at Griffith. We will be back at Henty this year with the belt feeder on the Ag ‘n Vet site.’’
For entry forms, contact the HMFD office on 0269 293 305 or email admin@hmfd.com.au