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Dairy diary: February's business update

What did the month of February unveil in the dairy industry? Let’s see what took place and what’s new…

Connecterra teams up with Lely on data sharing

Connecterra has signed a data-sharing agreement with Lely. Unlocking data from Lely’s T4C (Time for Cows) into Connecterra’s IDA platform will push for a more connected dairy industry that supports farmers in their decision-making. With the agreement, both companies will explore how to increase the value and application of the available data on the farm by sharing the information from T4C with the IDA-platform. The agreement will become applicable to Lely clients in Europe. As the farmer remains owner of the data, the data between T4C and IDA (single way) will only be shared once the farmer allows the integration to become active in T4C.

Photo: Connecterra
Photo: Connecterra

Delta Green stimulates ingestion

Deltavit is launching a ‘green’ and multifunctional alternative to monopropylene glycol, dedicated to ruminants in situations of energy deficiency. Delta Green is a functional product that stimulates rumen activity and provides energy for cows, sheep and goats. Its properties enable the optimisation of the animals' ingestion capacity, which is limited and does not cover all their energy needs during certain phases such as the beginning of lactation, the heat stress, the reproduction, the start of fattening. The new nutritional supplement consists of a combination of liquid sugars with different ruminal degradation kinetics.

 

Zinpro announces new appointments

Zinpro Corporation is pleased to announce that Dr Flore Suter has joined the company as senior regional marketing associate – Europe and South Africa. Dr Suter will operate from Austria to implement marketing strategies and communication plans that support sales across multiple markets in Europe and South Africa. In addition, Dr Suter will help to develop business and animal nutrition communications aligned to meet customer needs and boost market share in the region. More specifically, she will help to publicize the science behind Zinpro Performance Minerals and their benefits to animal performance and wellness.

Zinpro Corporation also announced that Hans Aae has been promoted to vice president of sales – EMEA, Oceania and Russia. In this position, Aae will lead sales teams in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Russia and Oceania, while also serving as a member of the company’s leadership team. Based in Denmark, Aae brings to the role more than 25 years of animal production and feed nutrition experience across multiple species as well as previous experience in business leadership.

New chair of organic dairy co-op Omsco

The Board of Omsco announced that Neil Kennedy will take over as chairman of Omsco from Monday 4 May 2020. After 18 years as executive chairman of Omsco Nicholas Saphir will hand over the reins for the next exciting phase of the co-operative’s development.

Photo: Omsco
Photo: Omsco

Saphir has steered the company from being a small specialist organic producer group to become the world's second largest dedicated organic dairy co-operative.

Commenting on his appointment Kennedy stated that; “I am delighted to be taking over as Chairman of Omsco from Nicholas, who leaves the business well placed for the next phase in our development.”

Photo: Omsco
Photo: Omsco

Dairy Farmers of America reaches agreement with Dean Foods

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) announced an agreement has been reached with Dean Foods (Dean) for the farmer-owned Cooperative to become the stalking horse bidder to acquire a substantial portion of Dean's assets and business. As part of the proposed deal, DFA has agreed to pay a base purchase price of $425 million, and assume various liabilities, subject to certain adjustments, to acquire 44 of Dean's facilities and associated direct store delivery system, as well as certain corporate and other assets and functions. "As Dean is the largest dairy processor in the country and a significant customer of DFA, it is important to ensure continued secure markets for our members' milk and minimal disruption to the US dairy industry," said Rick Smith, president and chief executive officer.

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