New look Farm Inventor Awards to draw backyard ingenuity

September 16, 2014

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Harrison Clifton, of Corowa, won the Farm Inventors award with his “Ewe Lift’’ at last year’s field days.

After 51 years of helping promote agricultural innovation and ingenuity across the state, the annual NSW Farm Inventor of the Year program is about to undergo a facelift.

A perennial favourite with Henty field days visitors, the event provided the launching pad for scores of backyard tinkerers, budding entrepreneurs and enterprising visionaries.

Event organiser Guy Rowlinson said a fresh approach to the event was needed despite the continued levels of originality and inspiration.

Mr Rowlinson said a blueprint focusing on new products and developments was earmarked for The Land site as part of the 2014 field days circuit – Farm Innovator and New Products Award.

“Highlighting everything from the latest technical and commercial developments through to product releases, the new look competition will continue to feature entries from our traditional non-commercial inventor base, but also open doors to commercial interests,’’ he said.

“In the same way Farm Inventor opened new avenues to backyard innovators, the time was right to expand the scope of what was being presented to an enquiring and increasingly savvy field days public.’’

The Fraser Old & Sohn Farm Inventor and New Products award was officially launched at this year’s Agquip field days.

It continues at Henty and the Australian National Field Days, Orange, with a $250 first prize awarded to eligible non-commercial entrants at each event.

Commercial entrants are also encouraged to be part of the awards with full details available by contacting The Land via

Last year’s Henty winner was Harrison Clifton, a year 12 student at Scots Albury, with his “Ewe Lift’’ made for his design technology HSC project.

Runner-up was Rod Sheppard, of Marysville, with his Pump Defenda, a system designed to protect pumps from radiant heat during bushfire.

The encouragement award went to Peter Mack, Wandiligong, for his Packhoe trail and fire tool.

Other inventions included a bulk bag handler, cyclone and barbwire roller, vaccinator and drench gun counter, one tonne bulk bag and wool shed air sweeper.