Southern Rural Life inventions competition Market Prototype
category winner Daryn Murray (right) and Jono Bavin
demonstrate Mr Murray's easy lifter with towball attachment
for wheelie bins. Photo by Leith Huffadine
Daryn Murray's ''wheelie smart'' ideas have come up
His products, designed to make lifting heavy loads easier,
won the Market Prototype category in the 2014 Southern Rural
Life Inventions Competition at the Southern Field Days in
Also taking a first, in the Kiwi Ingenuity category, was Karl
Wilton, with his Testbucket for milking dairy cows.
Three inventions were submitted as a part of Mr Murray's
overall entry; an easy lifter with towball attachment for
wheelie bins, a purpose-built sackbarrow-type tool to move
200-litre barrels and 44-gallon drums, and a collapsible
Mr Murray, of Colac Bay, who runs a shearing company, came up
with his inventions as ideas he had thought would make work
easier, he said.
They were solutions to problems he faced often, and he began
to develop them after people saw them and gave positive
A major emphasis in the inventions was taking care of the
''With shearing you are always looking to do things a bit
better. [It's] about health and safety and looking after
yourself. In the rural sector you can't afford to get hurt or
have injuries in the workplace,'' Mr Murray said.
''It's about working smarter, not harder.''
Design did not take long. One day was all Mr Murray needed to
create the barrel mover, he said.
Development started in September last year and he and the
others involved were making the products themselves, Mr
''We would like to keep it local ... to be aware of price and
where it sits in the market. [We] don't want to have to go
China, for example.''
Winning the prize was great, as it would hopefully lead to
more exposure for his products, he said.
So far, there had been interest in his product from more than
one store, including RD1, who were interested in stocking his
Mr Wilton's Testbucket was a portable, battery-powered
milking machine, which could be used by dairy farmers or
lifestyle block owners.
''I look at it as the world's smallest milking plant,'' Mr
''In the dairy industry it could be used in run-off blocks.
There are always one or two [cows] that flip off a calf ...
[now there is] no panic to get her home.''
Mr Wilton said he came up with the idea ''years ago'', but
there had not been a suitable power source available until
He planned to take his design to the national field days to
see what kind of response it gathered.
''If there is enough interest [I] will definitely look into
taking it to the market.''
While there were similar machines available, his was unique
in that the whole system, including the 18V battery and cups,
were integrated into the transportable bucket.
Other inventions entered in the competition included four
from pupils of Limehills School, two of which took second
Mark Weily, of Te Anau, won a merit award in the Kiwi
Ingenuity category for his rainwater-tank filters, and
Alistair Hay, of Fairlie, received a merit award for a
lightweight round bale feeder, made from high pressure
polyethylene and polypropylene pipe.
- by Leith Huffadine