Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2016 Premier's Award Winner

Dairy Quality Inc. - York Region

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Minister Jeff Leal, Premier Wynne, Christopher Gans, Mary Ellen Jonas, Gary Jonas, MPP Chris Ballard

Minister Jeff Leal, Premier Wynne, Christopher Gans, Mary Ellen Jonas, Gary Jonas, MPP Chris Ballard

Healthy cows are top priority for dairy farmers, which is why York Region's Dairy Quality Inc. has developed breakthrough technology to help combat mastitis in cows. Developed in 2013, this new, low-cost, hand-held device is a powerful tool that detects the early stages of mastitis by accurately measuring somatic cell counts in milk. Attached to an iPod touch or iPhone, the device uses patent-pending microscope technology that can count somatic cells in milk samples within seconds. Images of analyzed milk can also provide clues that enable earlier treatment and intervention. The device can also be used to measure somatic cell levels in the farm's bulk tank. Farmers across the globe are using the technology daily, and Dairy Quality Inc. is the only company of its kind to offer rapid response and data storage capabilities. In the future, the technology could be modified to detect pathogens in other fluids, such as water, blood and urine. Using the device, dairy farmers can identify problems and take action before a cow develops advanced problems. This helps cut treatment costs, reduce antibiotic use, protect farmers from loss of productivity and ensure the highest milk quality standards.


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