Henty MFD has re-affirmed its commitment to hold its 2021 Field days as planned in 2021 with renewed COVID-19 safety restrictions in place
Following the announcement that both Mudgee small Farm field days and Aquip Gunnedah NSW events have cancelled their scheduled dates for 2021, Henty machinery Field days want to reassure both exhibitors and visitors their event will run as scheduled.
A statement from Henty MFD’s organising committee confirmed the following, “Planning for the 2021 Henty Machinery Field Days (HMFD) is continuing while the team continually monitor the COVID-19 situation and NSW restrictions for outdoor events.
HMFD chief executive officer Belinda Anderson said the 2021 field days would proceed on Tuesday to Thursday September 21 to 23.
“Agriculture is an important and essential industry and farmers and agri-businesses need to be networking, researching, and buying.
“Henty Machinery Field Days will provide a safe environment for that to occur.” Belinda Anderson added.
Belinda said public entry would operate predominantly on a contactless system with patrons strongly encouraged to pre-purchase tickets on-line and will be required to scan a QR code at the entrance gates.
While exhibitors would be encouraged to provide EFTPOS facilities for their customers, but of course the lure of cash money could be accepted with a sanitised hand rub-down to follow.
Belinda Anderson said there would be an additional level of sanitisation of amenities and COVID-19 Marshalls to monitor social distancing in order to protect the health of patrons, exhibitors, volunteers and staff.
And while every precaution will need to be taken, open air events of this type have been COVID-19 free for the many successful Field Days events already completed in early 2021.
The Henty Machinery Field Days is now the single largest agricultural and open-air event in southern Australia and will show over $120 million in new machinery exhibits.
Held in Henty NSW this agricultural event attracts more than 60,000 visitors each year and for the general public, ticket sales are now online at www.hmfd.com.au
The 2021 HMFD has drawn in more than 850 exhibitors over 1200 sites and with the cancellation of other events it is expecting exhibitor numbers could swell to record numbers on the back of strong interest to offer products at the event.
Another popular attraction is the Agri-Innovator of the Year Award for budding farm inventors, backyard tinkerers and students. All are invited to showcase their innovative ideas.
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.
HMFD chief executive officer Belinda 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,’’ she said.
“This year’s entrants will receive exposure to the agricultural market place and the opportunity to network with potential manufacturers.’’
Justin Dunn from Temora NSW was a recent winner of the Henty Agri-Innovator of the Year Award with The Shepherd auto sheep feeder.
“At some point you have to take off – it may be not finished or perfect but you will never get to that point until you have it out there commercially,” he said.
The Shepherd received nationwide media coverage from the win at Henty with around 50 units sold after the event and went on to win the NAB Agribusiness Award of Excellence at the Australian National Field Days.
At Henty, The Shepherd was a solar-powered new generation smart feeder incorporating automated technologies. The units are now fitted with a 4G remote camera with a 300 degree view, and also a SMS remote controller which sends alerts via text message.
Anyone wishing to enter the Agri-Innovators Award can contact the HMFD office on tel: 02 6929 3305.
The not-for-profit HMFD Cooperative enabled fundraising of more than $350,000 to regional sporting clubs, community organisations and schools from previous Henty Machinery Field Days events.
Exhibitors can book online through the Henty Mahcinery Field Days website https://hmfd.com.au/index.php/exhibitors/how-to-apply Or contact the field days team direct, call on tel: 02 6929 3305, or email firstname.lastname@example.org