Australian design innovation in the agricultural industry is recognised through the Greater Hume Council Award presented at Henty.
A southern NSW designed and manufactured hay tedder won the coveted 2019 award.
It recognises the best new Australian designed and built agricultural machine and will be judged by a panel of independent judges at the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 17-19.
Last year it was presented by Greater Hume Council mayor Heather Wilton and Henty Machinery Field Days director Matt Noll to Berrima Engineering director Martin Morona, Deniliquin, for the Berrima Multi-Ted 12-6.
The Multi-Ted was the result of fodder producer requests for a machine to improve hay and silage quality by reducing drying time and bleaching.
It is available in working widths from 9-12 metres, making it perfect for mower widths of 3.5-5 metres.
Judge Mark Bowyer said the Multi-Ted speeded up the drying process of hay by one or two days.
“This makes a difference to the hay quality and colour,’’ Mr Bowyer said.
“The fact the rotors can be hydraulically driven means they can be adjusted in and out, whereas some tedder rakes don’t have that option.
“It has the ability to do three windrows at once and it is a fairly wide machine.
“The rotors can be reversed giving it more versatility and different functions.
“It folds up fairly narrow for transport.’’
Martin Morona said the award was great recognition of the work done by the Berrima Engineering on design and manufacturing.
“We have spent quite a lot of time on research in developing this new product,’’ he said.
“There isn’t a lot of reward for it (R & D) financially and it’s great to see when the effort is well received and recognised.
“Especially coming from an event like the Henty Machinery Field Days as it is quite prestigious and a real boost for us.’’
Mr Morona said many orders for the hay rakes had resulted from Henty 2018 with 10m and 12m rakes sold off the site to southern NSW producers.
“The Berrima Multi-Ted can be used as a tedder where the crop is dispersed evenly across the ground or as a hay inverter/splitter where it moves mower swaths on to dry ground and fluffs the row at the same time a day or two after cutting,’’ he said.
“The application tested on the Berrima Multi-Ted was to move three mower swaths simultaneously off their original cut position onto dry ground and splitting each mower cut into two smaller rows.
“This reduces drying time and bleaching, in turn, improving hay quality.”