Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2007 Espinola Regional Award Winners

Jonella Farms - Sudbury District

John and Susanne Mooney; Algoma - Manitoulin MPP Mike Brown

(Left to right: John and Susanne Mooney; Algoma - Manitoulin MPP Mike Brown)

The virtual farmer has arrived. Sudbury-area farmer John Mooney did not let the remote location of his dairy farm impede him from acquiring the latest technology in robotic milking. He brought technical support from the manufacturer to the farm by installing telecommunications equipment that includes video monitoring equipment in the barn and fast internet linkage with the manufacturer's service centre. With the click of a 'mouse' Mooney can access the service and maintenance he needs for his robotic milking system. This innovation eliminates service obstacles for remote dairy farmers interested in these systems. It also opens the door to expand the technology for new uses.