Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2011 Regional Award Winner

 

Conlee Farms Inc. - Listowel

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Photo of Fareed Amin, Deputy Minister, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Ralph Coneybeare

Fareed Amin, Deputy Minister, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Ralph Coneybeare

A simple but very effective invention is helping Ralph Coneybeare's cows be less stressed, give more milk and have fewer foot problems. The device Ralph came up with gives his 100 milking cows easier access to feed, reducing the neck chafing and straining that happens with regular mangers when the feed gets low. An added bonus is that the feeders are easier to clean. When developing the prototype, Ralph insisted on using local materials and services. He has now applied for a patent and is partnering with two businesses to manufacture and market more units.


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