Excellence award goes to DeLaval

His Royal Highness presents the RABDF HRH Prince Philip Award to DeLaval's Kieran FitzGerald, with right, Joanna FitzGerald and Peter and Sheila Cox who manage a 130 cow herd at Stoke Climsland, Cornwall and were the first producers to install Herd Navigator.

His Royal Highness presents the RABDF HRH Prince Philip Award to DeLaval's Kieran FitzGerald, with right, Joanna FitzGerald and Peter and Sheila Cox who manage a 130 cow herd at Stoke Climsland, Cornwall and were the first producers to install Herd Navigator.

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Robotic milking giant which is a growing presence on dairy farms in the North of Ireland, DeLaval has been presented with the RABDF Prince Philip Award by His Royal Highness at Buckingham Palace.

The honour was made to the global dairy equipment company for research and development in the field of dairy farming and the most practical, relevant and best technical exhibit at Livestock Event 2015.

“We feel honoured and privileged to win this award for Herd Navigator, a new dairy herd management system, designed to provide producers with an enhanced overview of their entire herd whilst offering information on individual cows,” commented DeLaval’s Kieran FitzGerald, VMS Solutions Manager, Britain and Ireland.

“Herd Navigator represents a quantum leap in the development of proactive herd management with equipment for making in-line measurements in the milking system. Based on measurements of four central parameters in milk and with sophisticated results processing in biometric models along with other herd and individual cow information, Herd Navigator will assist the farmer in taking preventive measures within reproduction, udder health - mastitis, feeding and feeding-related conditions.

“Herd Navigator offers 95% heat detection and information on reproduction efficiency and prolonged anoestrus leading to reduced open days together with ketosis and mastitis detection.”

A Certificate of Merit was awarded to Dairy Spares with its Moover exhibit, an orthopedic cow shoe for alleviating pressure on damaged claw. The shoe was both designed and manufactured by Moowell.