GEA Farm Technologies has won The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) Prince Philip Award 2009 for their IQ Cluster.
In a presentation made by His Royal Highness at Buckingham Palace this week, GEA received the honours for research and development in the field of dairy farming and the most practical, relevant and best technical exhibit at this year’s Dairy Event and Livestock Show.
Compared with the standard industry design, the IQ Cluster combines the advantages of a claw piece with the ability to milk by individual quarters, the judges said.
The innovative milking technology works by using a new and unique four-way cluster design, explained GEA’s managing director, Paul Gerrard.
“This allows each individual teat to be milked separately – the product effectively isolates each quarter, helping prevent intra-mammary cross-infection, improving operator efficiency, milk quality, yield and milking time.”
As organisers of the Dairy Event and Livestock Show, we are focused on communicating to farmers the benefits of best practice and technology transfer, which will help to improve herd efficiency, he said.
Dairymac, Wickham. Hampshire also received a Certificate of Merit for their ECO-Dipper Dip Cup. This ecologically sound device for teat dipping has been designed to save up to 40% of disinfectant applied, without loss of activity – subsequently the product offers environmental and cost benefits.