The Henty Machinery Field Days will be held on September 22 to 24 in 2020 and showcases around $120 million worth of machinery and goods on-site.
Greater Hume Council sponsors the Best Australian Designed and Manufactured Machine, presented on Thursday, September 24.
Last year this was won by a southern NSW designed and manufactured CRF SUPA Bin 42000 from Clear Ridge Fabrication based in West Wyalong NSW.
More than 800 national and international agricultural and commercial businesses will be eligible for the HMFD Exhibitor Awards at the 2020 field days.
Awards will be presented on Wednesday, September 23 to the winners of the Best Outdoor Large Commercial, Best Outdoor General and Best Indoor Exhibitor sites (Country Lifestyle and Farm Gate Produce Market).
Exhibitors representing more than 3500 companies will display their products on 1200 sites in what is now the single largest agricultural and open-air event in southern Australia.
National and international manufacturers will be vying for one of the nation’s most prestigious awards at the 2020 Henty Machinery Field Days.
The HMFD Machine of the Year Award is the most coveted on the field day circuit and was won last year by Coolamon Chaser Bins from Coolamon NSW, for a multipurpose fertiliser speader and chaser bin, the Coolamon Spreader Chaser.
Highly commended was the Australian designed and manufactured Spin-a-Calf entered by Gerald and David Hicks from Queensland.
A total of 13 machines and equipment at the cutting edge of agricultural technology were showcased in the 2019 Henty Machine of the Year competition.
Announced on the opening day, this award is presented to the most outstanding new piece of agricultural machinery exhibited at the Henty Machinery Field Days.
It was judged by an independent panel of regional primary producers on the Monday and presented the following day at the field days official opening.
In many cases the winning machine has gone on to become a standard piece of equipment on farms throughout Australia.
Judging criteria include the machine’s purpose and suitability, scope of application, construction (durability and design), ease of maintenance and service, ease of operation and adjustment, availability of parts and overall value for money.
Chief executive officer Belinda Anderson said the HMFD team would present an event maintaining a focus on agriculture and machinery.
Mrs Anderson said the 2020 field days were expected to equal the largest on record in terms of exhibitor area with 14km of shopfront.
“The interest in the field days from exhibitors and visitors alike continues to grow year-on-year with the site being the biggest it’s ever been in terms of physical area,’’ Mrs Anderson said.
“The HMFD team works hard to ensure Henty maintains its mantle of the friendliest field days, and our exhibitor and visitor experience continues to be enhanced.’’
Drawcards at the 2020 event will be the daily sheep and yard dog trials, Baker Seed Co agronomy demonstration site, 2020 Natural Fibre Fashion Awards, vintage farm machinery, and the Farm Gate Produce Market pavilion with cooking demonstrations and entertainment.
Visitors will be able to take 10-minute helicopter joy flights over the field day site and surrounding countryside with Wagga Air Centre pilot Chris Cabot.