16 Oct 2014

Innovation in agriculture awards

1:57 pm on 16 October 2014

Clever inventions in the primary sector picked up a number of titles at the New Zealand Innovation Awards last night.

Otago's Scott Technology won the Innovation in Agriculture & Environment award - with its automated lamb boning room - that uses x-rays to scan and cut carcasses thereby reducing labour.

Fonterra's research and development centre won the Innovation in Hospitality, Food and Beverage award for developing a reduced-fat cheddar, where many others had failed.

And the Gallagher Group won the Sustained Innovation Excellence Award in recognition of the company's culture of innovation.

Precision Seafood Harvesting won two titles, including the Supreme Innovator Award for its net technology that allows fish to be caught alive in top condition, while allowing smaller fish to escape the net.