The EuroTec bale trailer, developed by Kilkenny dairy farmer and engineer Tom Carrigan, was the overall winner in the Ploughing 2016 Innovation Awards, as well as being the gold medal category award winner in the Agricultural Engineering startup category.
Donal Lynch and Stephen McCarthy of Lynch Trailers from Macroom, Co Cork, displayed their new Hydra Safe trailer breakaway braking device at the Innovation Arena at Ploughing 2016.
The RotoSpiral one-pass soil preparation and destoner system for potato planting was awarded the silver medal in the agricultural engineering category at the Ploughing Innovation Awards.
The only English-based entry into the Ploughing 2016 Innovation Awards was this PBE Slurry Spike from Devon farmer Philip Blake, which claims to aerate as it applies slurry. While it was not among the award winners, it attracted a lot of farmer attention.
The OCE quick-hitch system developed by Limerick engineer John O’Connor from Kildimo was the gold medal winner in the safety category.
Ballybrittas, Co Laois-based Ecovolve showed this battery-operated dumper that could be the power unit for a range of agricultural applications.It received a silver medal in the agricultural engineering startup category.
Gary Cross of Cross Agricultural Engineering in Rathangan, Co Kildare, won the agricultural engineering international gold medal award for his impressive tri-axle double chaser bin with significant export potential.