A WAGGA company has earned the top accolades at the Henty Machinery Field Days.
Each year the Tractor and Machinery Association (TMA) identifies the best Australian-built machine.
This year the award went to Landaco for a variable-rate spreader.
TMA chief executive officer Gary Northover said many of the past winners of the award had gone on to become household names and to play an integral role in the rural industry.
“This award is presented annually to recognise the best new Australian designed and built agricultural machine,” he said.
He commended all of the entrants and also congratulated exhibitors on their commitment to the Henty Machinery Field Days and in fostering excellence in agricultural machinery.
Landaco principal Peter Connor of Wagga accepted the award and said he was grateful for the recognition.
“It is nice, as an Australian manufacturer to be recognised,” he said.
The Landaco businesses specialises in providing fertiliser spreading equipment to farmers throughout the Riverina, southern NSW and beyond.
The prestigious awards continued to roll on Thursday – the final day of the field days – with Dale Thomson of Winton, Victoria and his dog Tess edged out the competition in the yard dog competition.
Bill Luff of Gundagai, won the maiden with Bro.
Paul Elliot of Eumungerie and his dog Elliotts Georgie won the final of the three-sheep dog trial.
Mr Elliott said Henty was the first open win for his two-year-old bitch after graduating from novice at the Tasmanian state championships in October.
“She has been trialling consistently and won the Bredbo improvers,’’ he said. “I have been trialling for 20 years and the competition was at Henty was solid.
Exhibitors reported one of the most lucrative field day events in history following recent rain and buoyant prices for sheep and cattle.