Product Innovation Award
The AgriScot Product Innovation Award is designed to recognise and reward commercial potential, creativity and innovation.
Meeting emerging or existing demand for new or developed products and pushing technological or mechanical boundaries, winners each year need to demonstrate ingenuity and uniqueness as well as business potential.
Open to any product introduced to the market since AgriScot 2017, the competition is the ideal chance to build awareness of a product within the toughly fought agricultural market place. The winning product receives £1,000 worth of prizes and gains valuable publicity for their product and company.
ENVIRONMENTAL SLANT IDENTIFIED AMONG AGRISCOT PRODUCT INNOVATION AWARD WINNERS
After a year in which the judges of the AgriScot Product Innovation Award have said that their task has been the toughest since the award began, a winner has been crowned.
Emphasising the environmental theme shown by a majority of the shortlisted companies, the title winner this year is a 100% natural and sustainable teat disinfectant for use both before and after milking, delivering benefit to both farmer and consumer.
The AgriScot Product Innovation Award is designed to encourage new products, innovation, forward thinking and potential business benefit, all of which can be seen in abundance among the 250 trade stands at the event.
10 entries were shortlisted for scrutiny by the appointed judges: Scottish Dairy Farm of the Year 2017 winner, David Hamilton; Brian Sangster of BAGMA (British Agricultural & Garden Machinery Association) and Ken Fletcher, Editor of The Scottish Farmer.
The judges noted that a majority of shortlisted businesses presented products which help to the farming sector to improve its environmental impact even further. The winner is Diversey UK with their Deosan Triathlon which kills 99.999% of bacteria after 30 seconds. Out performing traditional chemicals by returning more moisture to the teat and removing dead skins cells, the product performs two crucial rolls by supporting farming’s needs to achieve highest quality of milk and supporting the consumer need to have a more natural milk product.
David Hamilton and Brian Sangster, two of the judges of the Product Innovation Award, said:
“This was truly a tough job for us. Getting down to the top three and then selecting a winner was virtually impossible. We noticed an environmental theme this year with at least 6 of the 10 finalists putting forward a product which helps the farming industry to farm in a more environmentally sustainable way. We are delighted to be awarding three businesses with such potential.”
David Jackson said of the Deosan Triathlon win:
“As a business, our focus is always on food safety and so to develop this product fits entirely within our ethos. It is 100% biodegradable, leaving no residue and so meets the needs of both farmer and consumer. We are delighted with this win, which will strengthen our reputation and further boost our credibility. Farmer feedback has been very positive but further recognition is always welcome.”
Two products were awarded Highly Commended in the award. Kverneland Siloking e Truck is a self-propelled vertical feeder mixer which is 100% electric. The machine can be used for mixing, transporting and presenting feed with very low operational costs (no diesel and the possibility to use renewable energy). The other Highly Commended was the Soltropy System XM10 which is a modular thermal panel that does not require antifreeze. It converts the suns energy into free heat by directing heating water and can freeze without damage.
An easy to use phone app which records essential livestock records, led the Product Innovation Award.
Now a regular fixture on the AgriScot Awards programme, which rewards and encourages forward-thinking new products, this year’s title went to the team from Herdwatch. Their farm management app allows farmers to easily record data on smartphones and it beat nine other entries to be crowned winner.
The AgriScot Product Innovation Award looks at the potential business benefit delivered by entrants, and shortlisted companies were scrutinised by a three-strong judging panel – Robert Parker (the 2016 Scotch Beef Farmer of the Year) and Sandy Mitchell (the 2015 Scottish Dairy Farm of the Year) and Ken Fletcher, editor of the Scottish Farmer (AgriScot’s Media Partner).
Their choice, Herdwatch is an app which can work with smartphones, tablets or PC, anytime, anywhere event without internet connectivity. Up to five devices can be used under the same licence, which costs £130 per year by subscription. It is BCMS and Red Tractor compliant and enables the recording of animal welfare and traceability events in order to maintain compliance with relevant legislation.
An automated lameness detection add-on to the CowAlert pedometer based system from Ice Robotics and a pto driven hot water pressure washer from Lambert and Dyson were awarded Highly Commended accolades.