RHASS invites entries for 2023 Technical Innovation Awards
The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) is inviting entries for its prestigious Technical Innovation Awards, sponsored by Hillhouse Quarry Group.
Designed to recognise design and innovation across the agricultural and rural sectors, the awards showcase inventions and innovations that demonstrate a positive impact on agriculture, horticulture, equestrian, forestry, renewable energy and estate activities.
Entries must relate to machines, appliances, technical components or important ancillary equipment and should be commercially available or prototypes in development. All entries are judged and benchmarked on individual merit.
The judging format will be a hybrid of in-person demonstrations, user evaluation and electronic submissions. The entry deadline is Friday 31st March and entries can be made via the Royal Highland Show website: royalhighlandshow.org
New for 2023, winners will be presented with their awards and have their winning products displayed in a new arena dedicated to agricultural innovation at this year’s Royal Highland Show in June. Partnered with the Royal Bank of Scotland since 1981, the Show is a unique shop window for winners to take advantage of, with nearly 200,000 visitors expected over the four days.
Last year, two Gold, five Silver and three Certificates of Commendations were awarded. Gold awards were presented to Pollock Farm Equipment for their Pollock Rope Scraper System and Penderfeed Livestock Equipment for their Arrowquip Q-Catch 86 Series Squeeze Cattle Crush
RHASS Chief Steward of Technical Innovation, Christopher Shepherd said:
“There is a strong focus on agricultural innovation this year at RHASS and that will be reflected with the Royal Highland Show’s new agri demo arena. Innovations of all kinds will be on display there, with our award winners taking pride of place.
“The Technical Innovation Awards are a real selling point for those businesses who can say they have won, as well as recognising the innovators who continue pushing the boundaries of improving our rural industries. I’m looking forward to seeing the entries from businesses who are leading the way in agricultural innovation this year.”
Award sponsors Hillhouse Quarry Group, added:
“We are once again delighted to be supporting the RHASS Technical Innovation Awards. As a sector it is vital that we keep innovating – from saving farmers time out in the field to improving safety or enhancing animal welfare, there is always such an exciting array of entries. It will be brilliant to see all of the winners on display in a special new agri arena at the Royal Highland Show later this year.”