Lachlan Campbell, ProAgni CEO, talk with Mark Ferguson from the neXtgen Agri podcast on “Aussie science and the global cattle industry”. Click here to listen in
ProAgni, has earned the standing of No. 6 in the ‘Most Innovative Companies – Asia-Pacific’ category in the ‘Fast Company’s annual list of The World’s Most Innovative Companies 2021.
The list honored businesses that have not only found a way to be resilient in the past year, but also turned those challenges into impact-making processes. ProAgni did more than survive, they thrived—making an impact on the challenges of the ag industry and culture as a whole. This year’s MIC list featured 463 businesses from 29 countries.
“In the last 18 months we’ve launched Australia’s first antibiotic-free livestock nutrition product. Using proven science, we’ve removed the requirement for non-therapeutic antibiotic use that we see impacting the food chain, without adding a cost burden to cattle producers”
“Our product allows farmers to grow red meat that requires less water, less feed, less time and doesn’t require antibiotics (ionophores) as growth promoters.” explained Lachlan Campbell, ProAgni CEO and Co-Founder.
Over the last 12 months this rurally based company has won a staggering number of global accolades including a Gold for Agricultural Innovation at the prestigious Edison Awards, ‘Yield Lab Winner’ at SlingShot Asia, Winner – Agricultural Innovation NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards, Winner – Australian Small Business Champion Awards – Agricultural Services and, were top finalists in the following pitch competitions Future Food Asia, Thrive Australia Agrifood and RaboBank Foodbytes.
Fast Company’s editors and writers sought out the most groundbreaking businesses across the globe and industries. They also judged nominations received through their application process.
The World’s Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company’s signature franchise and one of its most highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. It provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy.
“In a year of unprecedented challenges, the companies on this list exhibit fearlessness, ingenuity, and creativity in the face of crisis,” said Fast Company Deputy Editor David Lidsky, who oversaw the issue with Senior Editor Amy Farley.
To coincide with the issue launch, Fast Company will host its first-ever Most Innovative Companies Summit on March 9 and 10. This virtual, multi day summit will celebrate the Most Innovative Companies in business, provide an early look at major business trends, and offer the inspiration and practical insights on what it takes to innovate in 2021.
Australian ag biotech company ProAgni is a finalist in the inaugural US Beef Alliance Startup Challenge. The ten finalists were announced by the US Beef Alliance today each of which will pitch their efforts in developing sustainable, environmental and positive economic solutions specific to the cattle feeding industry.
The inspiration for ProAgni was guided by digestive efficiencies in the kangaroo. The science behind how Kangaroos efficient convert grass in meat with little to no methane emissions has guided the company product development. The vision is to solve two of the world’s most pressing environmental and medical health issues – emissions from livestock and excessive use and reliance on antibiotics.
“Using radical science, we’ve removed the requirement for non-therapeutic antibiotic use we see in livestock feeds without a cost burden to cattle producers. This product is a simple switch out” explained Lachlan Campbell, Proagni’s CEO and Co-Founder. “commercial trials have also demonstrated significant gain increases compared to industry-standard feeds and all without the use of growth-promoting antibiotics.”
More than 30 international early-stage companies submitted applications with products ranging across hardware, software, and biotech solutions. Applications were received from companies around the world. They were evaluated by executives, nutritionists, and veterinarians from Beef Alliance member cattle feeding companies.
“Beef Alliance members were thrilled with both the diversity, quantity and the quality of startup companies that applied for Startup Challenge,” said Scott Whitefoot, Beef Alliance chairman. “Cattle feeding is complex, diverse and highly challenging, and many of the solutions being developed by these early-stage companies could greatly benefit the cattle feeding industry.”
On March 9, ProAgni will pitch their product directly to major US feed yard decision makers for the opportunity to win a $50,000 USD cash prize and the chance at a pilot with a Beef Alliance member company. The winner will be announced in the weeks following the competition.
“The Beef Alliance Startup Challenge is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to align US producers with international biotechnology start-ups like ProAgni- gain visibility to these cutting-edge technology solutions and to put our antibiotic-reducing cattle nutrition solutions to work” comments Lachlan Campbell