2004 competition winner: Kevin Norman 2004 competition finalist: Oliver Sawle 2004 competition finalist: Gareth Powell

Send us details of your farm-built machine and you could win a two-day trip to the giant Agritechnica show in Germany in November or one of six cash prizes

Remember the Farmers Weekly farm inventions competition? Well, after a two-year break, it’s back with a bang.

The principles haven’t changed. If you have designed a machine or piece of equipment that saves you time, money or hassle then it’s probably eligible. It doesn’t have to be an all-singing-and-dancing invention either.

Small things that may only have taken an hour or two to put together – say a device to keep hydraulic pipes tidy at the back of a tractor – are perfectly valid. So are bigger designs like bale handlers, devices for rolling up fencing wire or even home-built vehicles.

Remember that many of the shiny new machines in manufacturers’ livery started life as a farmer’s or contractor’s design. After all, who else is in a better position to know whether a machine does the job or not?

As in previous years, we’re dividing the entries into three categories.

* Simple machines are those that took less than half a day to put together.

* Intermediate ones are more complicated and may have some form of simple hydraulics or electrics on them.

* Complex ones would have taken several days to design and manufacture and often involve an engine or some sophisticated electrics or hydraulics.

Who’s the competition open to?
Farmers, contractors, farm managers and workers are all welcome.

What do I need to provide?
Just email whatever information, photographs or diagrams you have available. 

How long have I got?
The competition closes on Friday 21 September 2007.

What if I’ve entered my design in other inventions competitions in the past?
Don’t worry – that won’t exclude you from this competition.

What about patents? If you think you may want to patent the device, put the words Patent Application Likely at the top of the email. If you want to know more about this area, check out the Patent Office’s website

What are the prizes?
The winner of each of the three categories gets £400, while the runners-up each get £100.

The invention that most appeals to the judges will also win a three-day trip to the Agritechnica farm machinery show at Hanover, Germany on 12-14 November 2007.

The trip, worth more than £500, will include flights, accommodation, VIP reception and event entry for two people.

Will you be featuring the winners?
Yes, all six winning inventions will be featured in the magazine and on FWi, so if you want a manufacturer to see what you have on offer, this is a good way of doing it.

HOW DO I ENTER?

* Just email brief details of what the machine is, how it works and how it benefits the farm or contracting business. Click here. 

* Please also include a contact phone number and address.

 

Agritechnica

WHAT IS AGRITECHNICA?

* Agritechnica takes place from 13-17 November at Hanover, Germany.

*11 and 12 November are preview days.

* With more than 1900 exhibitors spread over a 28ha site, it is the world’s biggest indoor farm machinery show.

* One entire hall will be devoted
to bioenergy.

* To find out how to visit the show, contact the UK travel
partner on 01636 705 612 or email them here.