Royal Dairy Innovation Award

FRS Network Developments, winners of the 2016 Prince Philip Award

FRS Network Developments, winners of the 2016 Prince Philip Award

PBD Biotech’s new Actiphage testing technology was crowned winner of the Royal Dairy innovation Award at Dairy-Tech 2019. Actiphage is an innovative new test for the rapid detection of bovine TB, Johne’s disease and other mycobacterial infections. It has the potential to expedite food safety checks on milk and dairy products; revolutionise livestock disease management; and ease the burden on farmers, the industry and wider public.

PBD Biotech were awarded as the winner through their well presented and researched innovative new product that will help dairy farmers in the detection of key cattle diseases; contributing to long term efficiency and profitability.

The Royal Dairy Innovation Award is for research and development in the field of dairy farming and will next be awarded for the most practical, relevant product or service which is, or likely to be, the most significant innovation for the future of dairying from a company exhibiting at Dairy-Tech 2020.  The Award will initially be judged on an on-line submission made to the RABDF office.  This should include a written description, supporting literature, on-line demonstrations etc.  A shortlist will be compiled and these exhibits will be judged at Dairy-Tech.  Finalists will be expected to give a presentation/demonstration in the Innovation Hub at Dairy-Tech at an allocated time.

The Award takes the form of a framed certificate signed personally by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and is to be retained by the winning entrants.  The winner will also receive a trophy and a 10% discount (maximum of £300) off their stand booking for Dairy-Tech 2021.  The finalists will receive a Finalist Certificate to display on their stand.


  • 2019 Winner - PBD Biotech

  • 2018 Winner - Semex

  • 2016 Winner - FRS Network Developments

  • 2015 Winner - DeLaval

  • 2014 Winner - Genus ABS

  • 2013 Winner - Milkrite

  • 2012 Winner - Ridgeway Science Ltd

  • 2011 Winner - Dairy Spares Ltd

  • 2010 Winner - XL Vets

  • 2009 Winner - GEA Farm Technologies

  • 2008 Winner - Ecolab Ltd