John Kennedy of Stealth Manufacturing was the overall winner of the 2014 JFC Innovation Awards for rural Business announced in Galway earlier this week. The contractor/engineer won the €15,000 prize fund for an innovative new silage trailer called the Stealth Kompactor 40 (K-40) that was launched on the market this week.
“Stealth” reflects the speed, strength and agility. “Kompactor” refers to the fact that the trailer uses a unique system to fill the trailer that is 40m³ in size when empty” said John. The trailer uses the tractor hydraulics to compact the grass silage while it is loaded. With compaction, the trailer has a capacity of 60m³. After carrying out tests in 2013, John found that the added capacity of the K-40 could reduce the number of trailers needed on many jobs from three to two. This reduces fuel, labour and time for contractors, three of the biggest costs. John Kennedy has been a contractor for over 25 years, during which time he has harvested over 50,000 acres, focusing primarily on silage. He is based in Neagh, Co Tipperary see www.stealth.ie.
“JFC has been delighted to be involved with the awards for the last seven years and this year’s winner Stealth Manufacturing, shows that farmers will continue to look for new and better ways to do things,” said JFC Managing Director, John Concannon, at the awards ceremony.