Dairy Diary: June business update

30-06-2023 | |
Dairy Diary: June business update

What’s NEW in the dairy farming world? We report on an online service that allows feed advisors to calculate the environmental impact of milk at farm level, as well as a new welfare strategy launched by UK dairy industry and a breakthrough approach for detecting mastitis in dairy cows. Read an update on the latest dairy sector news…

Trouw Nutrition launches service to estimate the environmental footprint of milk

Trouw Nutrition has launched MyMilkPrint, an online service that allows feed advisors to calculate the environmental impact of milk at farm level. The service, integrated into Trouw Nutrition’s MyNutriOpt digital platform, uses farm-specific inputs such as milk production, on-farm energy use, and farm-grown ingredients, combined with data on purchased feeds and nutritional data. These inputs are then translated into an estimate of the environmental impact per kg of farm-gate milk produced.

Prof Qendrim Zebeli receives DSM-Firmenich BRAIN award

Photo: DSM-Firmenich

At the 2023 World Nutrition Forum in Cancun, Mexico, Professor Qendrim Zebeli became the seventh person to receive the Bright Research and Innovation (BRAIN) Award from DSM-Firmenich Animal Nutrition & Health. The award seeks to recognise ground-breaking innovation relating to animal health and nutrition that contribute to more sustainable food production. The award selection committee cited his ongoing lifetime research in ruminant nutrition and his specific focus on mycotoxins and gut/rumen health.

New welfare strategy launched by UK dairy industry

Dairy farmers, vets and industry professionals across the whole supply chain have collaborated through Ruminant Health & Welfare (RH&W) to create the new UK Dairy Cattle Welfare Strategy for 2023-2028. The strategy has now been launched and has been designed to help the industry progress in animal welfare across 6 key areas by 2028. These areas are: thriving cows, healthy feet, comfortable cows, appropriately-nourished cows, healthy udders, and positive welfare.

Breakthrough approach for detecting mastitis in dairy cows

The smaXtec app in action. Photo: smaXtec

The developers behind the smaXtec advanced health system say its new early diagnostic standard, Level Zero, has identified a specific temperature pattern that indicates the early onset of mastitis through in-depth analysis of data collected through smaXtec’s continuous monitoring. The company says that data shows that a cow’s inner body temperature increases up to 4 days before clinical symptoms of mastitis become visible, and that its customers typically report a 55% reduction in antibiotic usage for mastitis cases in the first few months of using the bolus technology.

Kynetec acquires MQ Solutions in Brazil and Systematics International

Kynetec, a global player in agricultural and animal health data and analytics, has acquired MQ Solutions, which provides a monthly price and retailer monitoring service, tracking farmgate prices from dealers of crop protection and crop nutrition products in the most important agricultural regions of Brazil. Kynetec has also expanded its global machinery platform with the acquisition of Systematics International, a multi-award-winning global software development, data gathering and data analytics business that aggregates and reports machinery volume statistics for global closed and open data exchanges.

Ottevanger Milling Engineers welcomes Ard Zweep as new MD

Photo: Ottevanger Milling Engineers

Ottevanger Milling Engineers, a Dutch company specialising in the design, manufacture and installation of equipment and complete process solutions for the grain processing and animal feed industries, appoints Ard Zweep as its new managing director. With an international career in the industry, Ard Zweep has experience at companies such as Forbo, Marel, JBT, and Hotraco, which has given him a great understanding of the complexity of the global market.

The Alltech ONE World Tour convenes in Dublin

Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. Photo: Alltech

The second stop of the Alltech ONE World Tour, a series of international events bringing the ideas and inspiration of the annual Alltech ONE Conference to the world, was held in Dublin, Ireland, from 19-20 June. More than 500 international agri-food leaders met to discuss collaborative solutions and strategies for success in today’s agriculture and agri-food industries. The discussions focused on topics relating to climate, conflict, consumer trends and rising costs.

Bioiberica commits to climate neutrality by 2050

Photo: Bioiberica

Bioiberica, a global life science company, has pledged to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2024, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030, and ultimately, reach complete climate neutrality by 2050. The company highlighted these ambitious goals in its new Climate Strategy Report.

Lallemand Animal Nutrition introduces a new brand image and website

Photo: Lallemand

Lallemand Animal Nutrition has introduced its refreshed brand image, encapsulated in the new slogan ‘Partnering in microbial solutions for a changing world’. With an enhanced design, the company says the website provides a comprehensive media library featuring technical articles, expert webinars and podcasts, which serves as an educational hub for the animal nutrition and animal health community.

Queen’s and AFBI strategic alliance team recognised by national body

Dr Elizabeth Magowan and Prof Sharon Huws outside IGFS at Queen’s University Belfast. Photo: Queen’s University Belfast

The strategic alliance between Queen’s University Belfast and the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute is celebrating “success squared” after 2 of its members were honoured by the respected British Society for Animal Science (BSAS). Prof Sharon Huws, director of research within the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s, won the 2023 John Hammond Award. She was singled out for her research into the rumen microbiome, to improve the efficiency and environmental sustainability of livestock production, through dietary approaches to mitigate the effects of climate change, particularly methane emissions, all while ensuring food security. She currently leads a flagship project for the Global Research Alliance for Methane Mitigation. Meanwhile, Dr Elizabeth Magowan, director of sustainable agrifood sciences at AFBI, was named the incoming president of BSAS.

Natalie Kinsley Freelance correspondent