FOR THE second time in three years, animal healthcare product manufacturer, Diversey, has won the AgriScot Innovation Award.

The winner this year was its Deosan HH+ hoofcare product, which is a more environmentally friendly and easier to dispose of product than traditional foot bath formulations.

The award was presented online to David Jackson, the company's Scottish and Cumbrian account manager, who told The Scottish Farmer: "We were delighted to win the competition again and it shows that our strategy of producing novel ways of helping health and hygiene on the farm, yet with products that are kinder to the environment, is paying off.

"Lameness is one of the biggest animal welfare challenges dairy farmers face and has been for over 20 years. At any one time, as many as 20-25% of a dairy herd can be lame with losses to lameness averaging 2% of milk revenue.

"Deosan HH+ directly improves the strength and structure of the hoof without masking the symptoms of lameness."

The foot bathing solution is proven to prevent hoof degradation using safer and more cost-effective methods than existing solutions, he added.

"Walk-through footbaths designed to limit bacterial infection and to harden the hooves have been the standard approach to reducing lameness. However, until now the available solutions employed have not been sustainable," he said.

"The Deosan HH+ formulation restores hoof hardness without damaging the earth, your animals or the value of milk. It boosts natural prevention from the use of a strong mineral acid that supports the reversal of the hoof degradation process, optimising hoof hardness in a safe way that does not trick the animal into thinking they are free from pain."

The product is100% water-soluble, which significantly reduces its environmental impact.

The judging panel consisted of Brian Sangster, representing the British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association; Alistair Kingan, the winner of the 2019 AgriScot Scotch Beef Farmer of the Year award; and Ken Fletcher, editor of The Scottish Farmer.

A joint statement for the panel said: "Standing still is not an option for any business and it is competitions like this that pump life and energy into the industry. The winning product ticked a few boxes for us, not the least of which is that it is an everyday use product that fulfils two aims – it is effective in ‘doing what it says on the tin’ and it is also much less toxic and easier to dispose of than current products."

Also in the short leet for this prestigious awards were: A new rat bait formulation from BASF, Storm Ultra Secure; DeLaval’s VMS V310 robot milking machine; Kverneland's modern twist to high speed crop sowing using the MD Disc system.

The winner received £1000-worth of free advertising in The Scottish Farmer.