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All roads lead to Henty

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September 15, 2017

Kurt Lindbeck, Michael McCormack and John Minogue at last year's event.

The Henty Machinery Field Days event is returning later this month, with plenty for everyone to enjoy.

The three-day event, held from September 19 to 21, will showcase the latest in machinery and farm equipment, outdoors and camping products, farm produce, agronomy, country lifestyle, government and health services, agribusiness and finance services.

A highlight of the event will be the 2017 Henty Agri-Innovators Award, where a ute hay bale lifter, designed to make feeding out round bales on the farm easier, is an entry in the 2017 Henty Agri-Innovators Award.

Sheep producer Peter Mills of Daysdale (about 80km east of Finley) came up with the idea of adapting a lifting frame to the tilt tray of his farm ute, and operating it remotely.

‘‘I don’t know how many stubbies and hours have been spent on it — it’s been through five stages of development,’’ Mr Mills said.

The Agri-Innovators Award is designed for farm inventors, backyard tinkerers and students.

Another highlight of the event will be the unveiling of a new multi-purpose three-in-one chaser bin.

The Coolamon Allrounder, created by Coolamon Chaser Bins, is a multi-purpose machine designed for year-round use.

‘‘The Allrounder functions as a chaser bin at harvest time, a seed-super unit at sowing time and a fertiliser spreader throughout the year,’’ Coolamon Chaser Bins general manager Heath Hutcheon said.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation will again be present at the field days as it teams up with the NSW Department of Primary Industries to meet with growers and provide the latest paddock-ready research results.

GRDC’s senior northern region manager Jan Edwards said growers would have an opportunity to hear from some of the region’s most respected grains researchers about topical issues, seasonal disease risks and harvest management.

‘‘The GRDC is excited to host NSW DPI researchers at our site, where growers can get technical advice, chat with GRDC staff and access relevant publications and resources,’’ Ms Edwards said.

‘‘We invite growers and advisers to bring plant samples for identification of disease and nutrition issues.’’

The GRDC/NSW DPI Research Update is open to all interested growers and consultants.

To register for the event, email Brenda Ogden at brenda.ogden@dpi.nsw.gov.au or phone (02)69381999.

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