Voting is now open for the Lamma 2023 Young Engineer Award. The award aims to showcase the next generation of agricultural engineers, in collaboration with The Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE), and celebrate innovation and sustainability.
An independent panel of judges chose the three finalists for this year’s award and voting is open to the public until January 4, 2023. The winner, whose success will be based on a combination of judges’ scores and the public vote, will be announced at the Lamma show on January 11, 2023.
The Young Engineer Award at Lamma 2023 finalists are:
Christopher Chavasse: Founder and chief technology officer of the London-based Muddy Machines Ltd. Over the last two years he has developed ‘Sprout’, a lightweight, battery-powered, multipurpose field robot designed to harvest asparagus. Designed to be scalable, he believes that the robot provides a sustainable option to address seasonal labour gaps.
Connor Wise: a heating engineer based in Hereford, who has developed a solution to streamline the process of loading a biomass boiler. The system removes the need for manual filling, as well as eliminating the need for raw materials and pre-warming. Connor believes that the system could provide benefits for anyone who currently uses a biomass boiler system to heat their farm buildings.
Daniel Broderick: based in Omagh, he has spent the last nine years developing a ride-on cubicle cleaner. He developed the product after witnessing the challenges faced on his uncle’s dairy farm. Designed to reduce time and labour requirements, the cleaner can clean and re-bed 200 cubicles in five minutes while also scraping the slats.
Award judge, Charlie Nicklin, who is IAgrE CEO, said: “By partnering with Lammafor this award, IAgrE can recognise and reward practical, environmentally efficient and sustainable agricultural engineering solutions.”
“We also have aspirations that this competition will provide inspiration for young people considering careers in agricultural engineering and help raise the profile of the industry confirming that a career in agricultural engineering is one of vibrancy and fulfilment.”
DF Capital is sponsoring The Young Engineer Award this year and is keen to support an initiative which aligns with the company’s own ethos around sustainability. Managing Director – Commercial, Daniel Savage, said: “We are delighted to sponsor the Lamma Young Engineer Award, which recognises individuals who are pushing the boundaries of modern engineering and creating genuinely new economic opportunities to benefit farms and the environment,”
“As a long-time supporter of the next generation of talent in a workplace, we applaud the innovative thinking, hard work and skills of the young engineers who enter this award. The finalists are fantastic role models for any young person considering joining the engineering or farming profession.”
Public voting for the Young Engineer Award closes on the 4th of January 2023 – choose your favourite by visiting the Lamma website here – and the winner will be announced on Day 2 of The Lamma Show.
To register for your FREE tickets to LAMMA 2023 and learn more about this year’s event, visit www.lammashow.com.