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Hybrid Supa Slats in action: modernising a dairy for more efficient farming and a happier, healthier herd

When Andrew and Richard Pidcock-Matkin and family decided to invest in the dairy housing at their 250-acre family farm in Nottinghamshire, they came to Wolfenden for advice on adapting an existing building so that it could incorporate the latest developments in robotic milking, extend their slurry stores, and include the latest hybrid flooring products for hoof health and cow comfort.

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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.

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Fresh tech investment at Wolfenden to promote innovation for UK dairy farmers

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.

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Grant funding for slurry – what dairy farmers need to know

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.

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Hybrid Supa Slats highly commended for their innovation

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.

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Wolfenden’s approach to cow comfort is a perfect fit for ambitious farmers

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.

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