The RABDF Prince Philip Award 2009 for research and development in thefield of dairy farming and the most practical, relevant and besttechnical exhibit/demonstration at the Dairy Event and Livestock Showhas been announced as IQ (Individual Quarter) – the world’s firstfour-way milking cluster, from GEA Farm Technologies.

The innovative milking technology works by utilising a new easy-to-handle, four-way cluster design that allows each individual teat of a cow to be milked separately. The product effectively isolates each quarter, helping to stop large amounts of air from getting into the system. This is said to minimise milking machine-induced intramammary infections between infected and uninfected quarters.

A panel of dairy industry experts chose IQ from a total of 17 entries. Panel spokesman Ian Macalpine said: “The judges were very impressed with the obvious amount of work that would have been done to bring this product to market.”

The award will be presented to GEA Farm Technologies’ managing director Paul Gerrard at a ceremony by the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace.

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