Edition 4: Global dairy trends and bedding options for farms

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Edition 4: Global dairy trends and bedding options for farms

Edition 4 of Dairy Global’s magazine is here, bringing you insights into current global dairy trends discussed at the World Dairy Expo, a look at soil and slurry value and how to boost it, feed efficiency as well as new innovations to be showcased at this year’s EuroTier. A jam-packed edition to flip through – check it out!

4 global trends driving dairy demand

At the World Dairy Expo this year, global dairy trends were highlighted. What drives dairy demand? How does consumer lifestyle impact the dairy market? What impact does technology have on recent demand, and what technological growth has been seen? Megan Sheets, senior director strategic development, strategic insights, at the US Dairy Export Council, discussed these topics. Page 10

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UK organic cheese scoops top award

A Morbier-style cheese took the top honours at the annual British Cheese Awards this year, defeating more than 500 other entries at the Royal Bath & West Showground. Crafted on an organic dairy farm, 800 feet up on top of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds, the Ashcombe cheese from King Stone Dairy took top honours. Page 13
All cheese made by King Stone Dairy are produced using organic milk. Photo: Sam Brice
All cheese made by King Stone Dairy are produced using organic milk. Photo: Sam Brice

Don’t miss it! EuroTier 2022 innovations

In the build-up to the big upcoming EuroTier event – which will take place in Hanover, Germany, from 15 to 18 November 2022 – organiser DLG has presented 4 gold medals and 14 silver medals for new products that have impressed independent judges. The dairy sector scooped gold and silver medals that will boost welfare and production. We take a look at some not to be missed. Page 6

Managing stress and health through nutrition

High-producing dairy cows are constantly exposed to metabolic, environmental and nutritional challenges induced by calving, high production, overcrowding, diet changes, weather conditions (heat stress) and so on. Managing these challenges is crucial to maintain good fertility, health and productivity. Page 14

Boosting soil and slurry value

Discussions at the UK’s Dairy Show at Shepton Mallet centred around all things ‘manure’ – how it can be collected, stored, optimised and applied to fertilise and maximise soil health. Page 18

Breeding for parasite resistance

Gastrointestinal parasites can play havoc in the digestive tract of ruminants, causing a lack of appetite, diarrhoea and poor growth leading to economic losses for the farm. Selective breeding for parasite resistance in combination with other integrated control methods is considered an alternative means of parasite control. Page 16

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Feed efficiency imperative against inflation

Protecting profitability is a major concern shared by dairy farmers worldwide. Inflation has been running at over 5% since the end of 2021 for almost all countries, according to IFCN. In addition to the feed cost increase, other production costs have almost doubled. Compounding this are adverse weather conditions globally, environmental constraints, new animal welfare requirements, new regulations and laws and, last but not least, a poor social image of farmers. Page 20

A farm with a passion for Époisses cheese

In Origny-sur-Seine, in the north of Burgundy, France, we met Nicolas Jacquinot, one of the 4 partners in a family farm focused on producing the quality milk used to make Époisses cheese. Several conditions are necessary to produce this cheese. Gaec des Marronniers is one of the 39 dairy farms authorised to produce milk intended for its production. Page 22

Bedding options for cow comfort

Cows need a comfortable bed, too. The winter housing period in the northern hemisphere is here, which means cows can spend up to 6 months indoors. Cows must be kept comfortable to ensure they maintain good quality milk production and to keep them healthy and well. Page 25

Cows on cubicles bedded with straw pellets and separated manure. Photo: Chris McCullough
Cows on cubicles bedded with straw pellets and separated manure. Photo: Chris McCullough

Sensors for real-time monitoring of the rumen

Recently, 9 researchers associated with 3 universities merged minds to look at the various microsensor technologies applicable to real-time metabolic monitoring of the rumen. Page 28

Advantages of time-lapse photography

Modern dairy farms strive for more efficiency and production to help build financial stability, but to maintain forward momentum they must balance these dry data-filled pursuits with actual true-to-life animal welfare realities. It raises a serious question: how can producers bring these 2 worlds closer together? Page 30

Innovative technologies to ensure welfare

Farmers need reliable and affordable technologies to assist them in daily management tasks and to guarantee accurate and continuous individual animal monitoring and increase the farmer’s ability to keep contact with individual animals to prevent health, welfare and management issues. Page 32

Low dairy consumption in Iran sets off alarm bells

Over the past few years, dairy consumption in Iran has dropped by 28% to a critical level of 60 kg per capita, Ali Asghar Mohammadpour, CEO of Iran Milk Industries, outlined, speaking during a press conference in Tehran. Page 34

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Zana Van Dijk Editor Dairy Global

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