Dairy innovation award goes to NI company
A Northern Ireland company has been awarded a top innovation prize for its product which provides a more efficient source of magnesium for livestock.
Devenish Nutrition beat off stiff competition from 15 other finalists to be awarded the Irish Holstein Friesian Breeders National Dairy Innovation Gold Medal Award 2015.
The company won the award for the development of Mag12 which has been hailed as a breakthough in magnesium delivery systems for livestock because of its unique soluble properties - these provide 99pc magnesium delivery in the run compared to 7-23pc for other magnesium oxide products currently available to dairy farmers.
Jack Hogan, a nutritionist who was involved in the development of the product, said that a dairy cow can get the full requirement of magnesium through 12g of Mag12 versus 60g of of a typical calcined magnesite product because of the higher absorbion rate.
He said that tests carried out at SRUC, Scotland also showed butterfat and protein improvements delivered "pay back in the higher level of constituents of 5:1" because of the better response. The product works out at a cost of 12.5c/cow/day.
Other finalists included FRS (Herdwatch), JFC (Top Over Drinker) Grassland AGRO (Actiglene Slurry Enhancer) Dunne Farm Services (3 in1 Feeder), Finrone Systems (Segales Kompack Separator) and a robotic milking machine from Fullwood Packo.