Crowe Horwath was pleased to sponsor the Innovation Tent at the 50th Fieldays event at Mystery Creek. This is Crowe Horwath’s third year of being involved with this event, and each year it just keeps getting better with the quality of the entrants.
This year saw over 50 entrants who were of a really high calibre. From solar-powered bands for cows to enable farmers to virtually fence and shift and manage their herd remotely, through to Ginseng Berry Gin, and Micropod, which allows you to grow microgreens using a cleverly design hydroponics pod. We were also introduced to Ecotain, a functional plantain that uses four independent mechanisms to reduce nitrogen leaching from the animal’s urine patch.
There was certainly a vast range of innovations that covered every part of agriculture and more. After much deliberation, the Crowe Horwath Agri Innovation Award was awarded to Kelvin the Thermokennel, A kennel which has been designed to keep farm dogs at the absolute best temperature. This award provides the company with $5,000 of Crowe Horwath advisory time to assist them with taking this product to market .
On the Thursday evening, another successful Innovation Capital Event was held, sponsored by Enterprise Angels. At the event, there were over 170 Angel Investors chatting and mingling with the innovation contestants who were looking to raise capital. The CEO of Enterprise Angels, Bill Murphy, commented on how it is great to see Fieldays continuing to focus on “Future Farming.” This is a must for New Zealand, with the pressures of population growth, food security and climate change.
It was also great to see many of our Agri clients with their exhibitor stands, showing off what they do. The resounding feedback was that this was a successful four days, and we all look forward to next year!