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10 Jan 2024

Mid Wales engineer shortlisted in Young Engineer Award

Mid Wales engineer shortlisted in Young Engineer Award

Leuan Evans of Mid Wales has been shortlisted for the LAMMA Show and Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) Young Engineer Award for his Smart Slurry Pump.

The Smart Slurry Pump is a real time telemetry system that monitors key information from a remote controlled tractor and umbilical slurry pump, and then relays this information to the remote operator at the applicator end of the umbilical pipeline.

The idea for the pump came from spending many hours operating a tractor driven umbilical slurry pump on his family dairy farm. It moved from idea to prototype as a part of Ieuan’s Masters research project at Harper Adams University, and is now being developed into its final stages at Storth Machinery where he works as Engineering and Technical Manager. Most of the project’s development work will be available to view on the Storth Machinery stand at LAMMA along with the Tractor Remote Control System and Engine Driven Pump Station.

By providing more information to the remote operator of the Smart Slurry Pump, the system provides several financial and environmental benefits. These include a reduced labour requirement, better utilisation of existing tractor fleet, increased fuel economy per m3 of slurry pumped and closer monitoring of pumping operations to prevent slurry bursts or leaks.

Others on the shortlist are Richard Kane of County Down for his SpreadPoint range of agricultural spreaders, and Joe Grills of Devon for his silage and bale trailers.

The LAMMA Show is at the NEC, Birmingham next week (17 and 18 January). The Young Engineers Award winner will be announced at a special presentation with the Institute of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) at the end of day one.

It’s the third successive year that the LAMMA show and IAgrE have partnered to run the Award to showcase the best young engineering talent whose work helps UK farms to be more productive and sustainable.

“We are delighted with the growing popularity in this award and the number of quality applications and impressive shortlist which is testament to the immense engineering talent and skills we have in this country,” said Sarah Whittaker-Smith, Event Director at LAMMA. “Our winner will be announced at the Show next week and we can’t wait to celebrate their success.”

Past winners include Daniel Broderick from Omagh for his Cubi-Clean machine in 2022, which makes the process of cleaning dairy cow cubicles quicker and easier, and Stephen Davies, Powys-based inventor of the DTEC feed bucket in 2023.

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