Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2010 Regional Award Winner

 

Predator Bird Services Inc. and London Dairy Farms Ltd. - Middlesex County

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Maria Van Bommel and Stephen Bucciarelli

Maria Van Bommel and Stephen Bucciarelli

Large flocks of starlings pose significant health and safety problems for dairy farms. After working their way through a number of prototypes, Predator Bird Services and London Dairy Farms came up with an extremely effective, inexpensive trap that takes advantage of the birds' natural behaviour. It's a humane trap that is safer for employees as well as non-target animal species. Barn owners can use trained hawks and falcons to "herd" the starlings into the trap, but even without that option, the new system has increased catch numbers far beyond any other system on the market.


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