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Product Innovation Award

The AgriScot Product Innovation Award 2023 was won by ADF Milking Ltd for its intelligent vent technology, InVent, which makes milking calmer, faster and higher yielding.

Product Innovation Finalists - 2023

ADF Milking Ltd – Innovation: InVent

ADF InVent is intelligent teat-by-teat in-liner venting. ADF InVent continuously controls vacuum levels inside the mouthpiece chamber of the liner on each teat throughout milking, ensuring cow comfort, maximising milk flow and minimising teat damage.

ADF InVent introduces clean, filtered air into the mouthpiece of the liner when vacuum rises to a threshold level. This reduces vacuum levels back into the safe zone enabling milk to flow as fast as possible. ADF InVent treats every teat individually – controlling and optimising vacuum levels to keep within the “sweet spot” throughout milking.

Animax – Innovation: Tracesure Cattle XL

Complimentary to any type of farming operation and feeding system, Tracesure Cattle XL now enables farmers to supply cattle weighing over 500 kilograms with enough essential trace elements of cobalt, selenium, iodine, and copper (copper optional if required) for six months in one single application.

The Tracesure Cattle XL bolus is equivalent to the application of two or more of the alternative boluses in the market. The new patented waxed-groove diffusion technology in Tracesure Cattle XL has enabled safe doubling up in the quantity of essential trace elements, with 1,000 mg of selenium, without the risk of toxicity. Tracesure Cattle XL therefore minimizes the time and labour spent on trace element nutrition, and minimizes the stress imposed on the animal at bolusing.

Dairymaster – Innovation: Swiftflo Personalised Milking

Dairymaster have put a renewed focus on core milking research and development, and are now providing the ability to personalise the milking process to each individual cow in the herd. The personalised milking control comprises three different elements:

  • Increased pulsation rate for the first 60 seconds of cluster attachment to stimulate milk let down
  • Dynamic pulsation rate and ratio depending on the stage of milk out
  • Variable take-off

The three elements combine to promote higher average milk flow rate and shorter milking time.

Herdwatch – Innovation: Grass & Crops

Grass & Crops, enables farmers worldwide to efficiently manage their farmland. Integrated into the Herdwatch app, it offers a range of benefits, including digital field record-keeping, instant access to soil health data, NPK usage tracking, monitoring of seeding events, crop health, and yields, high-resolution land management maps, record-keeping for sprays and fertilizers, task management with reminders, and multi-user access across various devices. It enables farmers to keep detailed records of everything that is happening in their fields, tracking costs and covering themselves for their farm assurance audit.

Neogen – Innovation: Hoofshield Advance

Hoofshield Advance helps reduce the consequences of poor hoof health on dairy cow performance by providing a unique combination of disinfectant, surfactants, and conditioners to improve general hoof quality. Hoofshield Advance should be used as an integral part of a foot health management programme to help reduce the risk of disease-causing organisms and the spread of bacteria in dairy herds. It has been proven to be 99.999% effective against the specific organisms responsible for digital dermatitis including Dichelobacter spp., Fusobacterium spp., Prevotella spp., and Treponema spp.

Semex UK – Innovation: Methane Efficiency Index

Every dairy producer in the world can now assess, monitor and ultimately reduce cow methane emissions and intensity quicker via an exclusive genomic test brought to market by Semex.

Selection for methane efficiency could result in a 20-30% reduction in methane by 2050 depending on the selection intensity, with no negative impact on other cow traits. Selection at higher intensity would result in a 30% drop, while selecting at a more realistic and modest level would reduce it to a more achievable 20%. The trait is 23% heritable, which is comparable to production and the test has a 70% reliability.

smaXtec Limited – Innovation: TruAdvice

smaXtec’s bolus-based health system has already achieved recognition for its unrivalled early detection. Now smaXtec has launched another world’s first: Disease indication via artificial intelligence.

TruAdvice is a highly accurate probability measurement of mastitis with artificial intelligence. Depending on the pathogen, we can correctly detect mastitis in the range of 90%.

smaXtec’s artificial intelligence technology is based on precise and robust data measurements from INSIDE the cow which ensures best possible data quality. Thanks to our years of experience in measuring and analysing health data and the high-quality data from hundreds of thousands of cows, TruAdvice offers the opportunity to act even more proactively.

By providing an indication of emerging mastitis including a probability, farmers are able to act more with more confidence and go straight to problem solving instead of problem finding.

AgriScot 2022- Smart bolus system wins Innovation Award

A new ‘smart’ bolus which can help farmers manage the herd health of their cows won the AgriScot Innovations Award for 2022.

Judged and presented at this year year’s show, the top ticket went to the smaxtec health system, with David Pool fronting the show stand. The company’s bolus detects rumination, movement and, crucially, temperature fluctuations in cows when inserted into the rumen via the animal’s mouth.

Mr Pool said this could result in farmers being able to detect mastitis cases, for instance, four days before any clinical signs were seen. Farmers can view all the functions recorded by the bolus and it can send an alert when temperatures rise, or rumen function slows down.

The bolus costs around £20, but a smart data box which takes the signals from them costs £5500. There are now 225,000 of them in 12 countries across the world, including 125 herds with the system in the UK since launch in March of this year.

Two innovations received a ‘Highly Commended’ award. First was Brechin based company, SoilEssentials’ SKAi artificial intelligence platform which is based around a re-trainable smart camera set up that detects weeds, such as docks, and then spot treats them with a herbicide. Field trials had shown that a 77% saving in chemical was possible using the system.

Also commended was GEA Farm Technologies’ self-driving robot feed mixer, DairyFeed F4500, which helps dairy farms reduce their carbon footprint and operating costs. The new feeder operates on sensor technology and can handle herds of up to 300 cows. It runs purely on electricity and can be recharged using renewable energy sources.

The judges were Ken Fletcher, editor of The Scottish Farmer; John Elliot, a well-known Scottish cattle and sheep breeder; and Alan Laidlaw, CEO of RHASS.

The Product Innovation Award 2021

An exciting new product which allows farmers to graze their livestock within set areas, but without the need for traditional fencing, has won the top prize at this year’s AgriScot Innovation Awards.

This was Nofence Grazing Technology’s GPS-controlled head collars for cattle, sheep and goats, which allow users to digitally set grazing areas, with an audible signal acting as a the first ‘fence’ and a small electric pulse as the final deterrent to keep them within those boundaries.

It consists of a solar-powered GPS collar which mark the digital ‘fields’ farmers set for any given area via a web portal run by the company and an easy-to-use app on your mobile phone network. It relies on the GNSS positioning system for accuracy (GPS and GLONASS satellites) but good mobile coverage is also a plus point for handy control.

This means that the fence can be easily adjusted or moved, giving animals access to new areas and fresh pastures. Nofence also lets users track their animals’ movements and alerts owners if anything untoward happens.

As well as being used in conservation and habitat grazing projects, the technology also has a role to play in managed grazing systems which means that messy job of shifting the electric fend in strip grazing situations, for example, can be eliminated.

The technology was developed in Norway by a hill farmer who wanted to make use of grazing areas, but without the added cost of fencing. From a standing start 10 years ago, there are now 35,000 collars in use around the world, with 3500 of these in the UK, where the company now has its only base outside its home country.

With a similar terrain to Norway, Scotland is seen as an ideal place where the Nofence technology can be utilised. It costs £239 per head collar for cattle, or £149 for sheep and goats, and is already being successfully used for conservation grazing by the likes of RSPB and other wildlife trusts, plus it’s ideal for common grazing or near dangerous cliffs.

This system, felt the judging panel, could have wide-ranging applications ranging from conservation grazing in the likes of National Parks and nature reserves, to encouraging all-arable farmers to consider including livestock in their rotations once again.

The judging panel was made up of well-known Borders’ farmer, John Elliot jnr; Royal Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland CEO, Alan Laidlaw; and Ken Fletcher, editor of The Scottish Farmer.

Chair of the panel, Ken Fletcher, said: “Innovation is the foundation of continuing success for agriculture and if the entries for this year’s AgriScot Innovation Awards are anything to go by, then there’s a solid future ahead for Scottish farming.

“Scotland’s farmers have a reputation for coming up with and implementing new ideas and technology – and they have to be, given the geography and climate we have to contend with. That means it’s great to see so many new products coming through yet again for these awards.”

The judges also felt that two other companies entered machines and technology that offer significant benefits to farming businesses.

First of those was Merlo UK for its e-Worker, an all-electric telehandler which packs a punch from its 90KW electric motor, capable of an eight-hour working day from an overnight charge of its lead acid battery. The telescopic boom offers a maximum lift height of 4.80 metres with up to 2.5 tonnes of lift.

Also highly commended was iLivestock’s eWeigh system which boasts the features of advanced weigh indicators at an entry level price. 

Weights and records are saved immediately and there is no need to plug the device in to a computer to upload the data. This system was developed, tested and built in Scotland.

The AgriScot Innovation Awards were sponsored by The Scottish Farmer, with the winner receiving £1000 towards advertising in the newspaper.

The Product Innovation Award 2020

The winner this year was Divsey’s Deosan HH+ hoofcare product, which is a more environmentally friendly and easier to dispose of product than traditional foot bath formulations. The award was presented online to David Jackson, the company’s Scottish and Cumbrian account manager, who told The Scottish Farmer: “We were delighted to win the competition again and it shows that our strategy of producing novel ways of helping health and hygiene on the farm, yet with products that are kinder to the environment, is paying off. On our farm, there is also an opportunity to buy cheap antabuse, that medicine that will help get rid of such a problem as alcohol addiction.
“Lameness is one of the biggest animal welfare challenges dairy farmers face and has been for over 20 years. At any one time, as many as 20-25% of a dairy herd can be lame with losses to lameness averaging 2% of milk revenue. “Deosan HH+ directly improves the strength and structure of the hoof without masking the symptoms of lameness.” The foot bathing solution is proven to prevent hoof degradation using safer and more cost-effective methods than existing solutions, he added. “Walk-through footbaths designed to limit bacterial infection and to harden the hooves have been the standard approach to reducing lameness. However, until now the available solutions employed have not been sustainable,” he said. “The Deosan HH+ formulation restores hoof hardness without damaging the earth, your animals or the value of milk. It boosts natural prevention from the use of a strong mineral acid that supports the reversal of the hoof degradation process, optimising hoof hardness in a safe way that does not trick the animal into thinking they are free from pain.” The product is100% water-soluble, which significantly reduces its environmental impact. The judging panel consisted of Brian Sangster, representing the British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association; Alistair Kingan, the winner of the 2019 AgriScot Scotch Beef Farmer of the Year award; and Ken Fletcher, editor of The Scottish Farmer. A joint statement for the panel said: “Standing still is not an option for any business and it is competitions like this that pump life and energy into the industry. The winning product ticked a few boxes for us, not the least of which is that it is an everyday use product that fulfils two aims – it is effective in ‘doing what it says on the tin’ and it is also much less toxic and easier to dispose of than current products.” Also in the short leet for this prestigious awards were: A new rat bait formulation from BASF, Storm Ultra Secure; DeLaval’s VMS V310 robot milking machine; Kverneland’s modern twist to high speed crop sowing using the MD Disc system. The winner received £1000-worth of free advertising in The Scottish Farmer.

2019 Winner:

The Product Innovation Award, one of the sought-after titles on the AgriScot Awards programme, looks to reward and encourage a forward-thinking approach to agriculture. Designed to shine the spotlight on new products and innovation within the industry, the annual winner of the Product Innovation Award is aimed at being of direct benefit to farmers visiting AgriScot.

In what, for the judges, was another extremely competitive year, CLARIFIDE Plus has beaten nine other entries to be crowned winner.

The award looked at the potential business benefit delivered by entrants, and shortlisted companies were scrutinized by a three-strong judging panel: Brian Sangster of BAGMA (British Agricultural & Garden Machinery Association), Hugh Watson (2018 Scottish Dairy Farm of the Year), Ken Fletcher, Editor of The Scottish Farmer (the AgriScot Media Partner).

After much deliberation, the winner was announced as CLARIFIDE PLUS from Zoetis. CLARIFIDE Plus incorporates health and wellness traits in addition to the production traits delivered by standard genomic testing, helping to predict a heifer’s potential and their ability to reach it. As wellness traits offer the opportunity to better manage disease and increase on-farm profitability, CLARIFIDE PLUS predictions translate to real performance differences. On average, cows in the top 25% for the genetic predictions for each health trait were over twice as likely to stay healthy as those in the bottom 25%.

AHV Agri-Pharma, a new innovative solution in the fight against pathogenic bacteria in dairy cows, from AHV, and the Pottinger Impress 125FC Baler Wrapper Combination, the completely new range of Impress round balers and baler wrappers from Pottinger, both won this year’s Highly Commended accolades.

Gemma Allison, Account Manager at Zoetis, said of their win:

“We’re delighted to have won the Innovation Award today at AgriScot! A lot of hard work has gone into CLARIFIDE Plus so we’re over the moon. Heifer genomics is still relatively new, and the difference CLARIFIDE Plus can make in identifying wellness traits means farmers can be more precise in ensuring the productivity of their dairy herds in the future.”

 

2018 Winner:

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.

2017 Winner:

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.

Product innovation award winner was the FRS Herdwatch, receiving the award was Geariod Kenny and Dan Brenan. Photograph courtesy of sponsors, The Scottish Farmer.

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.

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