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Fieldays 2017

If you are in the agricultural industry and have an engineering related problem or question, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can help you get back to the business of farming quickly and effectively.

My colleague Josh Nightingale and I were lucky enough to be able to go along to this year’s Fieldays thanks to our client Alpine Buildings. Apart from being a great excuse to get out of the office and get some fresh air, it was great to catch up with the Alpine Buildings team and our clients who operate in the agriculture industry. Among the interesting sights we saw was the world’s first kiwifruit harvesting and pollinating robot being developed in a collaboration between Robotics Plus Ltd, University of Auckland, University of Waikato, and Plant and Food Research. I also saw my very first fencing competition.

Here at BVT we know that engineering and farming are closely related. Some people may think that farmers need only use the sunrise to judge what the day’s weather might be, or that they have the knack for checking the health of their stock just by feel. In actual fact, there is a lot of technology and engineering that contributes directly to the daily activities on a farm. The innovations such as automated stock movement controls, health scanning equipment, and automated milking machinery all require engineering to develop and maintain. And the innovation keeps moving forward as is evidenced in all the exhibitors in the Fieldays Innovation Centre, from the motorised line winder to the automated pastoral management robot.

We have assisted farmers in many areas of their operations including investigating irrigator failures, assessing the condition of rotary milking platforms, designing harvesting machinery guarding, and analysing the chassis of an air seeder to optimise its strength and manufacturing. If you are a farmer or in the agricultural industry, with a specific mechanical or structural engineering problem or question, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can help you get back to the business of farming quickly and effectively.

 

 team member
Dr. Louw Butler

PhD, MScEng, BEng
Contractor

e louw.butler@bvt.co.nz