Local business wins national innovation award

G Shepherd Animal Health have won a national award in the dairy industry following their recent work with the Centre for Waste Management at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Dr Graham Shepherd MRCVS, one of the UK’s leading bovine veterinarians, established G Shepherd Animal Health in 2010. G Shepherd Animal Health are experts in healthcare for calves, cattle, and sheep. The business provides products and quality advice for the health and wellbeing of livestock.

Previously, G Shepherd Animal Health worked with the University’s Engineering department for a project related to product innovation.

In recent years, G Shepherd Animal Health, attended a series of programme meetings that support SMEs at the University. The company were made aware of a dedicated programme of business support totalling 140 hours. G Shepherd Animal Health were placed with Temitope Oleowolafe, a PhD student from the School of Engineering and Computing for a three-month internship.

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Dr Graham Shepherd MRCVS
Dr Graham Shepherd MRCVS

"The data supported our marketing, including winning a national award in the dairy industry - The Innovation Award at The Cream Awards."

Dr Graham Shepherd MRCVS at G Shepherd Animal Health

Temitope’s research objective was to quantify the savings of CO2 in a circular supply chain that re-uses high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic containers for liquid dairy cleaning chemicals. G Shepherd Animal Health’s work with the University showed over 99% savings in carbon with each re-use cycle, even after allowing for the laundering process.

Reflecting on the benefits from taking on a PhD student, Dr Graham Shepherd said: “The data supported our marketing, including winning a national award in the dairy industry -The Innovation Award at The Cream Awards.”

Looking to the future, G Shepherd Animal Health plan to further market the system of cleaning chemicals, re-use of packaging and level-sensing technology. Also, the company are interested in selling more and improving the eco-credentials of milk production.

When asked what advice Dr Graham Shepherd would give to anyone considering working with the University he said: “If you need something doing, just ask as the University might be able to assist.”