Waikato Milking Systems has taken out the Fieldays' International Innovation Award with its Centrus 84 rotary platform.
It is the first fully-composite rotary platform and is 80 per cent lighter than previous platforms and five times stronger.
"Sometimes you get a feel for something," executive manager Dave Cassells said. "When I saw the concept drawings for this one, I knew we had something unique.
"I've been in the business for 40 years, and I've seen rotary milking systems evolve from the old steel ones to what we have now – your gut tells you that it's a unique idea."
The innovation has spent four years in development and is designed to milk several thousand cows a day.
It also offers bigger bails and more cow space to make farmers' lives a lot easier.
"I thought it was deserving of a Fieldays Innovation Awards entry because it was so one-of-a-kind, and winning was a great bonus."
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