Moominder wins innovation award for rural business

Friday 17 May 2013 18.20
Albert Moylan (l) and Mike Quinlan (r) of Moominder, winners
of JFC innovation awards for rural business,  with JFC's John Concanno
Albert Moylan (l) and Mike Quinlan (r) of Moominder, winners of JFC innovation awards for rural business, with JFC's John Concanno

Moominder - a company that makes an ear tag that measures a cow's temperature - has won the overall prize at the 2013 JFC Innovation Awards for Rural Business.

The awards are run with Teagasc, the Irish Farmers Journal and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Northern Ireland.

A tag with a sensor is attached to each cow's ear to measure her temperature. A cow's temperature drops before she calves, which triggers a text notification to the farmer.

The Moominder system was developed by farmer and software engineer Albert Moylan from Gort in Co Galway.