The Free Press (Corowa)

Calling backyard ideas for Henty Field Days

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Farm inventors, backyard tinkerers and students are invited to showcase their innovative ideas in the Agri-Innovator of the Year Award at the 2021 Henty Machinery Field Days.

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 marketplac­e and the opportunit­y to network with potential manufactur­ers.’’

Temora farmer and the 2018 Agri-Innovation winner for an auto sheep feeder, Justin

Dunn encouraged all aspiring inventors to enter their concept in the Agri-Innovators Award.

“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.

People wishing to enter the Agri-Innovators Award can contact the HMFD office on 02 69 293 305.

 ??  ?? Justin Dunn, Temora, winner of the 2018 Henty Agri-Innovator of the Year Award with The Shepherd auto sheep feeder.
Justin Dunn, Temora, winner of the 2018 Henty Agri-Innovator of the Year Award with The Shepherd auto sheep feeder.

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