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Dairy Diary: June business update

What did the month of June unveil - what's NEW in the dairy world? From Arla building a state-of-the-art farm in Nigeria to the opening of the largest robotic milking research facility in North America, check out the latest developments in the sector…

Arla builds dairy farm in Nigeria

Farmer-owned dairy co-operative Arla Foods will build a state-of-the-art commercial dairy farm in Northern Nigeria where it will also train and support up to 1,000 local dairy farmers as part of its long-term commitment to public private partnerships that support the development of the Nigerian dairy sector as part of the country’s efforts to increase local food production. Located in Kaduna State, the 200-hectare farm, scheduled to open in 2022, will have housing for 400 dairy cows, modern milking parlours and technology, grass lands and living facilities for 25 employees. The facilities and expertise provided by Arla, will ensure a first-class opportunity to train local dairy farmers to improve milk yields and quality, animal welfare and farm profitability, contributing to the country’s aims to develop local milk production. Nigeria is among the fastest growing nations in the world. Its population is set to reach close to 400 million people by 2050 and there is already growing consumer demand for affordable dairy nutrition in the country.

Photo: Arla Foods
Photo: Arla Foods

Zinpro’s FirstStep Program improves dairy performance

The FirstStep dairy hoof health and management program from Zinpro corporation is an approach to moving from simply managing the implications of foot health issues to proactively preventing them and improving the on-farm situation. The FirstStep program provides a systematic and fact-based assessment of the overall dairy operation, focussing on the important issues affecting hoof health tailored to the individual farm and herd. The assessment can include locomotion scoring, the hoof trimming schedule and technique, management and hygiene of footbaths, environmental factors such as walking surfaces and cubicle design, identification of foot lesions, and nutrition.

Photo: Zinpro
Photo: Zinpro

SwissDeCode launches new label to improve consumer trust

Swiss food testing company SwissDeCode has launched the ‘A2 INSIDE Label’, an exclusive label intended to help the end consumer clearly identify the efforts of dairy producers in guaranteeing authentic A2 milk products. The label will be used by companies who analyse their herds and milk batches with the rapid DNA tests from SwissDeCode. Companies registered with the A2 INSIDE Label commit to ensuring their products have been tested, and benefit from special promotional materials and discounted test kits.

Photo: SwissDecode
Photo: SwissDecode

Largest robotic milking research facility in North America to open

The University of British Columbia (UBC) Dairy Education and Research Centre will become the largest robotic milking research facility in North America with the addition of 6 GEA DairyRobot R9500 box robots. This partnership between GEA and UBC will open research opportunities, attract more students and provide new educational experiences.

The UBC Dairy Centre is a world leader in dairy cattle welfare and behaviour, reproduction and nutrient recovery research, attracting students from around the globe. Learn more about the UBC Dairy Centre. For more information on the GEA DairyRobot visit GEA.com.

Photo: GEA
Photo: GEA

Cargill and ZELP partner to tackle methane emissions

To help with this need, Cargill and ZELP (Zero Emission Livestock Project) have partnered to bring European dairy farmers an innovative solution to reduce methane emissions, combining technology in methane oxidation and data processing to minimise the environmental impact of dairy production while improving animal welfare. Cargill will be the exclusive distributor of the novel device for the European dairy market. Beyond its environmental benefits, the ZELP wearable device drives animal welfare by giving dairy farmers new insights into the health and performance of their livestock. The technology captures a range of behavioural and physiological data, in addition to monitoring animals’ breath and methane emissions. The companies expect to launch the ZELP wearable in the second half of 2022. Don’t miss the in-depth interview with Sander van Zijderveld, ruminant strategic marketing and technology lead at Cargill in our upcoming Dairy Global magazine edition 3. Watch this space!!

Photo: Joris Telders
Photo: Joris Telders

IFF launches YO-MIX ViV in Asia Pacific for dairy producers

IFF announced the launch of YO-MIX ViV, a new solution for ambient yogurt and other fermented drinks producers in Asia Pacific, with a focus on China. Unlike other solutions available on the market, YO-MIX ViV is a unique culture that for the first time, allows producers to offer ambient yogurt and other fermented beverages to contain highly stable live cultures throughout shelf life. Globally, yogurt has become a popular choice because it often contains live cultures. In China, ambient yogurt is a convenient fermented snack, ideal for on-the-go consumption. Traditionally, there have been limitations to contain live cultures in ambient yogurt and other dairy products throughout shelf life due to the manufacturing process. With the new YO-MIX ViV culture, producers can offer ambient yogurt products that deliver the same level of live cultures as fresh yogurt and other fermented foods.

Photo: Joris Telders
Photo: Joris Telders