Welding in a workshop

You are running out of time to enter Farmers Weekly’s Farm Inventions competition.

We have decided to extend the entry deadline given the recent good drilling weather, but you need to get in touch by 16 October if you want your entry to be considered.

There are cash prizes for the winners and runners-up and the format remains the same, so if you have made something small and less complicated you’re still in with a chance of winning the top prize.

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As usual we’ll split the entries into three categories: simple, intermediate and complex.

  • Simple – those machines that took a day-or-so to knock together but still save you time and money
  • Intermediate machines – anything more complicated, perhaps with some simple form of hydraulic or electric system, that took longer to build
  • Complex – inventions that have taken days, weeks or even years to design and build. They usually involve an engine or fairly complicated combinations of electrics and hydraulics.

Who is eligible to enter?

Farmers, contractors, farm managers and workers are welcome.

What if I’ve entered my design in other competitions in the past?

Don’t worry, that won’t exclude you.

What are the prizes?

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

Will you feature the winners?

All six winning inventions will be featured in Farmers Weekly and online.

Many of the machines you see on the stands at shows such Lamma and Cereals start life in the farm workshop, so it is a great opportunity to get your ideas in the shop window.

How do I enter?

Just send some brief details about how the machine works and what you use it for to fwmachinery@rbi.co.uk.

You will also need to attach a couple of pictures and a contact phone number so that we can get in touch.