Patents are pending for two Taranaki inventions unveiled at last week's National Fieldays in Hamilton.
Opunake's Corkill Systems invented the HosePro to support hoses while still allowing them to bend and flex.
Invented by sales manager and dairy farmer Vern Coxhead to support tanker hoses discharging milk at Fonterra factories, the HosePro consists of a series of interlocking stainless steel links. It removes the sag from the hose, keeps it straight and makes it easier to handle.
Coxhead developed the HosePro after Fonterra switched from 10cm to 15cm hoses to discharge milk from tankers at its factories.
The weight of the larger hose posed problems, with the sag creating air locks which damaged the milk during pumping.
The HosePro has been trialled at Fonterra's Reporoa factory. "HosePro's the go, bro!" said Mr Coxhead.
The Opunake dairy automation company's product attracted attention from the energy industry, road marking companies and shearers after it was unveiled at the Fieldays last week.
The company has been exhibiting at Fieldays for 20 years.
Toko beef and sheep farmer Peter Gane designed his own crate after he couldn't find a suitable one to put on his ute at last year's Fieldays.
His one-size-fits-all crate, with walls that slide and extend, can be divided to accommodate rams, for example, in one section and a dog in another. The crate can be folded up behind the cab when not in use.
Gane, who winters 6300 stock units on his 450-hectare farm, said everyone was rapt with his design. "They're all asking why someone hadn't produced the design before now. It's very simple."
It meant farmers would no longer have to get a new crate every time they bought a new ute, he said. The crate comes in stainless steel, but he's considering aluminium as an option.
"I can take it off the ute and put it on my farm bike trailer in 2 1/2 minutes, and I can fold it up in 40 seconds."
More than 128,000 visitors attended the 44th Fieldays, the fifth-largest rural trade show in the world. Attendance at this year's Fieldays was 9 per cent above 2011 figures, leaving exhibitors and organisers ecstatic about the four-day event. z The 2013 Fieldays will be held from June 12-15.
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