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Henty Machinery Field Days turns 60 + PICS

Liz Wells, September 20, 2023

Four of the many people who have made the Henty Machinery Field Days a success over the decades cut the cake celebrating the event’s 60th birthday: Barry Scholz; Neil Bahr; Bryson Terlich, and Kerry Pietsch.

HENTY Machinery Field Days is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year as the premier showcase for innovation in cropping and livestock in southern New South Wales.

Officially opening the three-day event yesterday was Kotzur managing director Andrew Kotzur, representing the family company based at nearby Walla Walla which has been exhibiting at Henty since the inaugural event was held at the Henty showground.

In his address, HMFD chair Nigel Scheetz acknowledged the dry season, and the role practices and equipment as displayed at the event play in supporting agriculture.

“We must not forget how innovative and resilient we are,” Mr Scheetz said.

The coveted Machine of the Year award went to machinery dealership network Hutcheon & Pearce, which this year is celebrating its 70th anniversary as a family-owned business, for the GUSS autonomous orchard sprayer.

The Highly Commended award went to Shepherd Ag’s Auto Feedlot Drafter, and the best new Australian designed and built agricultural machine was won by a Wodonga-based engineering firm AusMIX for its feed mixer.

The unit is mainly used by dairy and beef cattle producers needing precise measures of grain, silage and hay, and manufacture of it started when COVID slowed machinery imports.

HMFD last year set an attendance record of 70,000, and strong support from the region’s schools and government departments, as well as farming families and agricultural businesses, could well see that broken this year.

The event includes lifestyle and textile exhibits, including the Natural Fibre Awards to be announced tomorrow.





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