Inventor makes tailing/docking easier on farmers

Rural Exchange 09/09/2017

A procedure on farm that sheep farmers deal with annually every docking (North Island) or tailing (South Island), Nicole Austin a current AUT product design student may have solved the pain sheep farmers face in this event - Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) - as well as that damn flame burning out!

In a re-design version of the infamous tool, Nicole explains to the Rural Exchange Team how this will revolutionise that tedious and taxing job of docking/tailing lambs with her new tool affectionately called Moray.

Raised in South Canterbury, Nicole understands these strains on farmers and this new invention has seen her take out the award in the 2017 New Zealand James Dyson Award for product designers.

This will progress to the international James Dyson Award competition with a chance to win the grand prize of more than $50,000 to put towards commercials in their ideas, plus another $8,000 for the designer’s university.  The international winner will be announced on 26 October, 2017.

Read more about the tool here on Massey University website here.

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