The Lamma Show and the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) have again partnered to announce the 2023 Young Engineer Award, showcasing young engineers who work across UK farms.
“Our roots lie in championing the best of British agricultural engineering, and this is still closely aligned with Lamma’s mission today,” explained Nichola Bell, head of events at Agriconnect. “The Young Engineer Award gives us the opportunity to identify promising young talent in the sector and, in doing so, we aim to provide them with opportunities to further their careers.”
Last year’s winner was Stephen Davies, who will return to Lamma 2023 as an exhibitor with the DTec 200 feeding and mixing bucket. Winning the award boosted his confidence and led to enquiries about the product.
“I would definitely recommend that others enter the award,” he explained. “It showed me I was on the right path and made the right decision to launch my own business and continue working on the DTec 200. I received a lot of messages and calls from people congratulating me, as well as expressing interest in the bucket.”
Exhibiting will be the next step for Mr Davies’ business. “It is really important for me to be there to show people the updates and get a wider picture of what farmers think of the DTec 200. There is always a big pool of farmers from across the country at Lamma, and it will be great to hear what they think and hopefully set up some future demonstrations.”
The award showcases engineers who have created or made changes to a piece of agricultural machinery to improve efficiency, profitability or sustainability. Eligible entries can include:
- Products that have been designed and fully manufactured
- Prototypes in development
- Concepts in the initial stages of development
- Existing products that have been modified, providing they have substantially improved the efficiency, productivity and/or sustainability of the product.
Those interested can find more details and the application form at www.lammashow.com. Entry is free and both individuals under 35 and companies can apply. The deadline for entries is the 18th of November 2022, with a shortlist put to a public vote from the 2nd of December.