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Spreadpoint scoops first prize in the machinery Burke Trophy competition

Date Published: 03/07/2024

The machinery Burke Trophy was presented to Robert Stranaghan of Spreadpoint, Northern Ireland at the 2024 Royal Norfolk Show, in recognition of Spreadpoint’s SX-A auger system.

Mr. Shaun Groom, general manager at Merlo UK, judged the competition. He explained that the trailed lime spreader equipped with an augured boom and curtain allows lime spreading losses to be reduced and managed more effectively than the current disc spreader options on the market.

With an increased future focus on managing applications I am sure such controlled and precise application will be welcomed,” he says.

This well designed and carefully thought-out design allows a multitude of options to be specified enabling purchasers to tailor the machine to their needs,” he adds.

Second prize went to the Hardi Pulse System, which offers individual nozzle control across the entire working width with a 50 Hz control frequency. Mr. Groom explains that it offers an impressive ability to adapt to droplet size and application to boom speed even when turning ensures particularly accurate application.

As the regulation of the application of pesticides and herbicides increases such technology will be in demand,” he says.

Third prize was awarded to Amazone Wind Control. “On board sensing of wind speed incorporated onto this Amazone spreader allows the Wind Control processor to feed information to the spreader altering the placement and delivery of fertiliser onto the spreading disc and adjusting the vanes accordingly,” says Mr. Groom. “This results in more controlled spreading in challenging conditions allowing spreading to continue despite increased wind speed whilst maintaining spread pattern.”

The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA) and the Norfolk Farm Machinery Club (NORMAC) organised the competition, attracting entries from across the UK and Europe. The Burke Trophy was presented by the Royal Norfolk Show president, Lady Dannatt.

In 2025, the RNAA will host the dairy, beef and machinery Burke Trophies, enabling them to be presented together for the first time since the last Royal Show in 2009.