Milk Rite have been named as the winners of the prestigious Prince Philip Award for research and development in dairy at the Livestock Event with their ImpulseAir IP20 teat cup.
The company, who was last year’s runners up beat off stiff competition from 14 other exhibitors.
The new airliner has a smaller mouthpiece and is designed specifically to fit high-yielding cows with smaller teats.
It is proven to reduce clinical mastitis, improve teat condition and increase milking quality and efficiency.
Receiving the award at the Livestock Event 2013 Milk Rite’s Daragh Parker said winning felt fantastic.
He added: “Last year we came second so to win it this year was a complete surprise.”
A certificate of merit was awarded to Kingshay for their entry Enhancing Cow Comfort.
This comprised of their bespoke cubicle, which has been designed for maximum cow comfort.
It is 3m long to allow cows enough headroom to lunge forward into standing position and has adjustable head and brisket rails.
In addition the entry also included their Cow Comfort survey on bedding materials, which looked at absorption rates and costs of different materials.
One of this year’s three judge’s Dave Roberts of SCRUC said Milkrite had been worthy winners.
He said the product had come back even better than the previous year and was backed up with additional research.
“What pipped it for us was the combination of enthusiasm and knowledge. They were able to explain it comprehensively, yet relatively simple to us,” he added.
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