Top industry recognition for innovation – Wolfenden’s Hybrid Supa Slats shortlisted for RIDBA New Product Award 2023
Wolfenden are, once again, in the spotlight for dairy product innovation, as the next generation Hybrid Supa Slats have been selected by the Rural & Industrial Design and Building Association (RIDBA) for their New Product or Service Award 2023.
The RIDBA is the UK’s leading trade association for modern agricultural and industrial buildings and is a highly respected voice in the sector, representing member views to government and major stakeholders across British farming and the rural economy.
All businesses want and need to get the best value for money – and for UK agriculture that’s necessary now, more than ever. Current pricing information is crucial to inform decisions in volatile markets and through uncertain economic times.
To provide dairy farmers with the best possible product options, Wolfenden have invested in a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, to benefit customers while also streamlining their own business operations. It’s a significant back-end investment ensuring that Wolfenden can maximise their capacity to plough revenue back into new product design and development, to help dairy farmers across the country.
DEFRA have opened their much-anticipated Slurry Infrastructure grant scheme, to help farmers improve or expand slurry stores – and the deadline for Stage 1 applications is 31st January 2023.
The purpose of the grants is to help farmers future-proof slurry infrastructure, to make better use of organic nutrients; improve water quality; improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gases. And these imperatives chime perfectly with Wolfenden’s ethos: helping farmers to reduce emissions and make on-farm improvements for better herd welfare, a better working environment, and more efficient use of resources.
An innovation that UK dairy farmers have been crying out for, Wolfenden’s new Hybrid Supa Slats were this week highly commended, against tough competition, for the Product or Service Innovation Award, one of five NW SME Growth & Innovation Awards for 2022. The Awards recognise innovation and business growth, and are an initiative run by the internationally recognised SME Productivity & Innovation Centre at Edge Hill University.
The judging panel recognised Wolfenden’s innovation in designing and manufacturing a product which addresses herd welfare, emission reduction, and on-farm structural capacity issues – critical problems facing the UK’s dairy sector.
Since starting out as a small farm shop selling fruit and veg in the late ‘80s, the Green family’s Penshaw Farm Shop has grown to include tearooms, a bakery, and an award-winning butchery for the Farm’s own beef, grass fed lamb and pork products. Having decided to further expand into dairy – to sell fresh, local milk through vending machines at the Penshaw Farm Shop – they looked to Wolfenden in their quest to install a complete dairy management solution, with herd welfare and cow comfort as the top priority.
With ambitious plans for continued development and growth, Wolfenden have made major investments this year – keeping the company at the forefront of innovation in agriculture.
A sell-out over four days, this year’s Great Yorkshire Show was a much-anticipated highlight of the farming year and Wolfenden chose the event to launch new products and to catch up with agricultural specialists from across the country.
Investing in carbon reduction for dairy and celebrating the best of British agriculture: RIDBA showcase Wolfenden’s new product ranges
As Wolfenden prepare to join farmers and agricultural specialists at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show, RIDBA – the UK’s leading trade association for the modern agricultural and industrial building industry – showcase the company’s newest product developments in their latest journal.
Preparations are well underway at Wolfenden, getting ready for July’s Great Yorkshire Show, a highlight of the agricultural calendar and one of only a few agricultural events being held this year.
After last year’s Show’s cancellation, this July sees the GYS coming back with their biggest show yet, with an extra day added – now running over four days from Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th July. The Show organisers are making this a huge celebratory event for British agriculture, with equine show rings and livestock rings including cattle, pigs, sheep and goats, while the main ring will feature the Grand Cattle Parade. With a host of attractions including a countryside pursuits arena, cookery demonstrations, forestry and woodworking and Gardeners’ Question Time running every day, the Show is set to attract a record number of visitors and exhibitors.