Award for agricultural engineering skills

The annual John Hancock award at Coleg Sir Gâr has been awarded to an aspiring agricultural engineer from Fishguard who has manufactured a buck rake guard.

As part of his studies, Dafydd Eynon, 18, who is studying agricultural engineering at the college’s Gelli Aur campus, took part in a project with his peers where students research three ideas to benefit the land-based industry and take one idea through to manufacture.

A group of students formally presented their ideas to judges, John Hancock, Jan Mathias, Nigel Packer and Doug Rowlands.

The award aims to encourage learners to explore the potential commercialisation of an engineering concept.

Safety is the focus of Dafydd’s design, with the buck rake guard incorporating a platform, which can be used for working at height with the space to house a spare wheel and toolbox, which has been researched, designed and manufactured to a high standard.

Colin Jones, agricultural engineering lecturer said: “What also makes Dafydd’s design stand out is that the guard isn’t one piece, it uses engine power to enable the device to fold in and out at each end, he’s done a fantastic job and we’re thrilled with all the presentations made by the rest of the group.”

Dafydd also works for Davies Penrallt Ddu dairy farm and contractors.