The first-ever Canadian Animal AgTech Awards were handed out Thursday at Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) presented by Deloitte.

Agribition's CEO Shaun Kindopp says these awards are the first of their kind, honouring the innovators in animal agricultural technology.

"Not only do these solutions make farmers' lives easier, but they also contribute to the growth and progress of the entire agricultural industry." 

Three winners were selected following a pitch style competition this week. Judging was based on three criteria: Technology, Team & Experience, and Market Potential & Finance.  

Saskatchewan based company, Farm Simple, received the Rising Star award presented by Economic Development Regina. The award recognized their groundbreaking IoT device, HERD HAND, which has revolutionized the monitoring of remote livestock watering systems. This innovative device ensures that producers receive immediate alerts for low or freezing water levels, offering a seamless solution for efficient livestock management. 

The Innovation award presented by Innovation Sask, went to Smart Paddock from Victoria, Australia. Their all in-one platform that enables farmers to easily manage their operations and track their animals, vehicles, water tanks, and fence lines. Their Bluebell GPS Smart Ear Tags offer real-time updates on cattle or sheep, providing farmers with a comprehensive and cost-effective management solution. 

Business of the Year, presented by Deloitte, went to OneCup AI, from Alberta, for its detection and record-keeping software, BETSY. This unique AI-driven solution monitors for various conditions such as injury, lameness, respiratory disease, dehydration, and weight loss or gain, helping producers improve overall herd health and take immediate action.