Semex, Lallemand Animal Nutrition and Miracle-Tech have been announced as finalists in the Royal Dairy Innovation Award.

Previously the Prince Philip Award, the new format and name come as a result of Prince Philip stepping down from official duties and are also timely to fit with the innovation focus of RABDF’s brand new Dairy-Tech event.

Tim Downes, dairy farmer and chairman of judges said the finalists stood out for the innovative thinking behind their products.

“Lallemand demonstrated some fascinating research and have a brand new silage additive development that will provide the best aerobic stability of newly ensiled forages.  Miracle-Tech’s thermal CCTV is very ‘techie’ and has the ability to play a huge part in animal health moving forward whilst Semex’s Immunity+ high immunity testing has a role to play in lowering antibiotic use.

Mr Downes continues:  “Each finalist will have a short slot on the innovation hub to present their product or service to the judging panel at Dairy-Tech, the award will go to the company with the most practical and relevant product or service which is, or likely to be, the most significant innovation for the future of dairying.

“Whilst the industry faces some future uncertainty we know that whatever the outcome, to survive, farms need to be as efficient as possible.  It is the invention of such products and services that aid this efficiency allowing farmers more time to focus on other elements contributing to production and profitability.”

Dairy-Tech will house the latest innovation, technology and concepts available to the industry.  Over 40 new products are being showcased and there will be two hubs packed with specialist speakers covering a whole host of key topics and subjects relevant to the sector.  There will also be a number of demonstrations taking place, including automation, drones and hoof trimming.

Tickets for the event are available at along with further information.  RABDF members are eligible for free tickets and further concessions whilst all other pre-bought tickets cost £17.  Tickets purchased on the gate cost £20.  For any queries contact or 02476 639317