For a second year, we are delighted to partner up with the Tullamore Show, for their National Inventions Competition. We're looking for innovative farmers for our Agventions competition. Have you ever invented or modified something to make life easier or safer on your farm? Both Herdwatch and the Tullamore Show want to connect and reward farmers who have created innovative solutions to problems on their farm.
The farmer who puts forward the best invention or innovation will get a €250 cash prize from Herdwatch and will be entered in the National Inventions Competition which has a prize fund of €600, while there will also be cash prizes for second and third place. The two best runners-up in each category will get a one-year Herdwatch subscription.
Last year's winner - A Feed Transport Box
We caught up with last year's winning entry, Tom Donlon with his Feed Transport Box. Tom came up with the idea after getting injured on the farm last year. The Co. Clare dairy farmer – who operates a spring-calving system – needed a way to transport feed around the farm that did not involve lifting bags of meal on and off the quad.
The Feed Transport Box can carry up to 100kg of meal safely on the back of the quad. It can be fed directly from the feed box using gravity to release the meal once the handle is let go.
“I heard about the competition from my son Patrick, because we use Herdwatch here on the farm. We said we’d enter for the fun of it and after all the online voting, we couldn’t believe we won; it was great fun.
“You might not think your invention is that special. But, we had a great two days at the Tullamore Show. It’s worth throwing it in and seeing what happens.
How can I enter?
To enter, you simply follow the link below. Where you will be asked to:
- Enter a picture of your Agvention
- Add a description of what it does/inspiration for your creation (100 words or less)