Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2016 Regional Award Winner


Dairy Quality Inc., Newmarket

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Minister Chris Ballard, Christopher Gans and Gary Jonas

Minister Chris Ballard, Christopher Gans and Gary Jonas

Healthy cows are a priority for dairy farmers, which is why Dairy Quality Inc., a York Region company, developed breakthrough technology to help combat mastitis in cows (an udder infection that reduces milk production). This new, low-cost, hand-held device is a powerful tool that allows farmers to detect early stages of mastitis by accurately measuring the somatic cell count in milk. The device easily hooks up to an iPhone or iPad, using patent-pending technology to count somatic cells in a matter of seconds. Using the tool, dairy farmers can identify problems and take action before a cow develops advanced mastitis. This helps cut treatment costs, reduce antibiotic use and protect farmers from loss of productivity. That's good news for cows, consumers and for farmers.


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