THE Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scot-
land (RHASS) has announc-ed the 2020 winners of the Technical Innovation Awards, with two Gold, six Silver and five Certificates of Commendations being awarded.
The awards, RHASS’s most long-
standing industry accolade, show-
case and reward innovation and
development within the agricultural sector and are a highly respected award for manufacturers, distrib-uters, providers and inventors.
This year applicants were invited to enter online with judging taking place virtually and, despite the Covid-19 crisis, the awards saw a record-breaking number of entries. A formal awards ceremony will take place at Ingliston House at the 2021 Royal Highland Show.
Gold awards are presented to previous Silver award winners for continuous outstanding merit. This year Lambert & Dyson Ltd earned Gold for its Landy PTO Hot Water Pressure Washer. Operating at up to 3000psi/200 bar with a throughput of up to 30 litres of water per minute, this PTO power washer has the added benefit of a 12v burner system which will heat the water up to 90oC. Designed to run on either the front or rear linkage and deriving all its power from the tractor, requiring only a supply of water and fuel, it can be used in most situations that demand heavy cleaning.
Limagrain UK was also awarded Gold for its Winter Wheat Breeding Programme. The programme was recognised for the innovative methods Limagrain UK has adopted, from advanced trials design to double haploid and molecular biology.
Its breeding teams have produced varieties for growers, with enhanced agronomical characteristics and market opportunities and have maintained their reputation for producing successful varieties for Scotland.
Earning a Silver this year is Herd Advance for its Herd Advance Stockman. The system was invented and designed from the ground up by beef farmers for beef farmers. Seamlessly, the Stockman brings together practical hardware and precision date software that, when paired with its cutting-edge app, lets farmers monitor in real-time the statistics and status of their herd on-the-go from a smartphone.
Driven by the animals’ need to drink several times a day, the system allows for simultaneously recording the animal’s weight, water intake and body temperature via thermal imaging. Crucially, the Stockman allows the user to automatically sort animals without the need for handling.
Lely Holding Sarl also impressed the judges, winning Silver for
its Discovery Collector 120. The Discovery Collector is specifically designed for barns with solid floors and takes a revolutionary diverse approach when compared to traditional manure scrapers. The Collector does not push manure but vacuums it. This makes the build-up of manure a thing of the past. This not only makes for a cleaner floor, it also ensures the cow’s hooves remain cleaner.
Murray Machinery Ltd also earned a Silver this year for its Gravel Road Grader, which was designed to reinstate gravel roads which have fallen into a state of disrepair. It has undergone a major upgrade, with the addition of hydraulically operated ripper teeth, a hydraulically oper-ated tilting frame and the new addition of a rear packer roller.
The Road Grader is now able to carry out four different functions in the same machine. In utilising existing stone, great savings can be made on time, effort and the money spent on maintaining your gravel road.
Presented with a Silver award this year also was Peel Tech Ltd for its Peel Tech Filtration System. The system is the only one that can filter to Food Waste Act Section 48 regulations and captures excess potato peel and starch. The recent addition of a UV system will recycle all the water used, giving around a 94 per cent efficiency in the production process. It can be used by chip shops, farmers, processors, sewage works and recycling plants to reduce waste caused by peel and vegetable starch.
Polaris Britain Ltd was also presented with Silver for its Polaris Ranger XP1000 ABS, which is the world’s first UTV/SXS utility vehicle to combine an anti-lock braking system with an active descent control system. The XP1000 Ranger takes safety to a new level, both eliminating run away and allowing safe, controlled braking in the most extreme applications.
A final Silver Award was earned by Pottinger Landtechnik GmbH for
its Pottinger Impress Round Baler. The Pottinger Impress range of round baler offers a host of innovative new features not seen in round balers previously. A lower power requirement is achieved thanks to the patented LIFTUP Rotor technology where the crop passes over the feed rotor rather than the traditional route of underneath.
A Commendation was presented to CASE IH this year for its Magnum AFS Connect Tractor, which is the seventh generation of its flagship tractor, designed to enable both operators and owners to manage farming operations with new levels of precision.
Also awarded a Commendation was Farmdata – a division of Landmark Systems Ltd for the
Cattledata Mobile App, which was developed to enable cattle keepers to have all the information on their animals at their fingertips. Cattledata Mobile requires no internet connection, all data is held on the phone or tablet. This means that regardless of where you are, you can look up any animal’s record. Breeding occurrences, calvings, treatments, movements, weighings and many other actions can be entered on the phone.
Another Commendation was earn-
ed by Senesino Ltd for its Num-nuts tail docking and castration system. It provides targeted pain relief in an easy to use ring applicator, combined with an injector that dispenses NumOcaine local an-aesthetic simultaneously with the application of the standard rubber ring. Numnuts provides lambs with the best start in life, giving welfare-focused sheep farmers an ethical sustainable approach to castration and de-tailing.
Vicon was also presented with a Commendation for its Vicon Extra 700 Mower Conditioners. The Extra 700 series is powerful mower conditioners with superb ground tracking, thanks to the new innovative QuattroLink suspension concept.
With its accurate tracking ability and highly flexible working range, this suspension provides unrivalled cutting performance.
Finally, Welsh Shearing Equipment Ltd also received a Commendation for its Shearcordless MK2 Animal Clipper.
The ShearCordless animal clip-per is comparable in weight to a standard shearing handpiece but is well-balanced due to the ergonomically designed main hous-ing, battery and clipper head.
The interchangeable sheep head can be easily switched for a horse or cattle head, providing ultimate versatility to the user for all shearing/clipping requirements.
RHASS Chief Steward of Technical Innovation, Christopher Shepherd, said: “The Technical Innovation Awards are a highly influential accolade that promote new ideas as well as acknowledging the work and commitment necessary to develop new products.
“The benefits to winning for businesses are significant, and I am delighted that we had such a strong selection of entries to choose from this year.
“I would like to extend my congratulations to the winning entries.”