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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Call for farmers with ‘innovative streak’ to enter ‘Agventions’ competition

Farmers with an innovative streak will have a chance to showcase their farming and labour-saving ideas at this year’s Tullamore Show.

The National Inventions Competition includes a special ‘Agventions’ competition which farm software company, Herdwatch is supporting.

This is the third time the Herdwatch Agventions competition will take place at the Tullamore Show, following its long-awaited return due to Covid.

The Tipperary-based company has joined forces with the organising committee to bring “even more inventors” to the event.

With six different classes varying from inventions in agriculture, horticulture and forestry to labour-saving devices, the quantity and quality of inventions were set “very high” in previous years.

Previously, entries have ranged from “quite” technical solutions to more practical ideas that solve simple issues we see on many farms.

Jack Hennessy was the overall winner of the Herdwatch Agventions competition in association with Tullamore Show in 2019.

The 21-year-old suckler and sheep farmer from Ballyfoyle, Co. Kilkenny created a removable bucket grab which can be easily attached to any tractor, which, in turn, claims to save farmers money.

This year, the best Agvention, which an expert panel will select, will receive a €300 cash prize.

They will be entered in the National Inventions Competition which has a prize fund of €3,900.

Fabien Peyaud, Herdwatch CEO, said:

“We are over the moon to be back supporting the Tullamore Show. We are very excited to see what types of new Agventions people have come up with over the last few years.”

“My own father-in-law, Tony Bergin, 91, is bringing his latest invention this year. He and his wife, Mollie, have not missed a Tullamore Show in over 25 years.”

Tullamore Show

Rodney Cox, Tullamore Show, stated:

“We are delighted the Tullamore Show is returning this year. We are very appreciative of Herdwatch’s commitment to continue supporting the show and the Agventions competition.”

“It has been a long spell with no shows. We are sure people are eager to showcase the new ideas they have come up with over those years.”

“The Tullamore Show is always a great family day out with something of interest for everyone. We look forward to welcoming all visitors on Sunday, August 14th, 2022, once again.”

How to enter and closing date

To enter this year’s competition, visit to submit an entry. To apply, submit a picture, a name, and a description of the invention.

The closing date for entries this year is July 15th, and organisers will announce the winner at the show on August 14th, 2022.

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