The sun was shining on day two of the New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays, which kicked off with the Innovation Awards breakfast and some of New Zealand’s top innovative brains gathered inside The Fieldays Lab awaiting the outcome of the prestigious awards.
New Zealand National Fieldays Society president Peter Carr said the awards are recognised globally as a launch pad for some of New Zealand’s leading innovations.
While the winners receive reputable acknowledgment of their achievement, all entrants have had welcomed access to industry experts and advice, supporting their future success.
“Innovation is key to the future growth of the agricultural industry and these awards are a platform for all promising inventors to take their ideas to the next level,” Says Mr Carr.
The 2017 Innovation Award winners were:
Fieldays Grassroots Prototype Award: My Apiary for MyApiary HiveMonitor. The novel Bee Management System allows bees to be well fed through winter while saving bee keepers time, travel and money.
Fieldays Established Prototype Awar: Taege Engineering with Power Discs. Rotating discs result in superior tilling of ground prior to drilling or planting, saving time and effort when the ground is unsuitable for traditional discing.
Fieldays Innovation Launch NZ Highly Commended Award: StockX for Prime Stock Platform. Judges felt StockX have done an amazing job, with the capacity to change the industry whilst achieving a high level of collaboration.
The innovation offers a level of independence and transparency to the industry with the judges feeling that this innovation could be ground breaking. Fieldays Innovations Launch NZ Award: Hydratorq with BioFume Ozone. Judges said this innovation has applications across multiple agricultural sectors. The company has taken some older technology and integrated it into a system that has shown some early promise of delivery of significant benefit to the industry. Their delivery mechanism allows ozone utilisation in different agricultural areas including cleaning, bacterial management and bleaching. This minimises the use of chemicals and reduces costs. Judges were confident applications across dairy, viticulture and horticulture will likely see benefits from this innovation.
Always popular, the Innovation Centre once again drew a large number of visitors. There was a hive of activity as visitors all looked for a first glimpse at the agricultural sector’s leading innovations.