Pictured is the 2015 People's Choice winner, and a winner of the judge-selecting Top 10, Select Sires' Cow Manager system.
Pictured is the 2015 People's Choice winner, and a winner of the judge-selecting Top 10, Select Sires' Cow Manager system.

Innovation takes many forms.

When we think about new products and technologies, we are often immediately drawn to the shiny, computer-driven, electronic items requiring sophisticated programming. On the other end of the spectrum are simple, more modest technologies – a new method of doing things, training and leadership programs – also deserving praise and recognition.

For dairy producers, sometimes less is more. Others prefer to experiment with and implement the latest automation.

In our fifth year, Dairy Herd Management’s Innovation Awards program highlights a mix of both: the latest electronic tools, and just a new method of doing an old job. All are products introduced to the dairy market since World Dairy Expo last year. We again turned to a team of expert judges consisting of producers, academia and industry representatives to make the final rankings.

Our People’s Choice award, determined by online voting, was also revealed at a ceremony held Tuesday, September 29, during World Dairy Expo.

Thank you to the innovators, whether they be individuals or teams, for continuing to move the dairy industry forward.  In alphabetical order, the winners are:

AfiMilk Ketosis Detection Tool

CowManager Activity Monitoring System - also People's Choice winner!

Dairy C.A.R.E.™ Initiative Training Workshops

DairyProQ creates large-scale robotics

DeLaval Body Condition Scoring

DeLaval teat spray robot (TSR)

DRMS Heifer Genetics Monitor

Genex Sort-Gate

Harvest Tec On-Baler RFV Calculator System

Quidee GmbH Q-slide mastitis test