Farm Case Studies to Highlight Effective Management & Disease Reduction at Johne's Conference

Disease management, vet and farmer partnerships and overseas practice will be the major talking points at the Action Johne's Conference on Tuesday 7th February 2017 at the Sixways Stadium in Worcester.

Building on the success of the 2015 conference, the 2017 event will look at the progress of the Action Group on Johne's and the implementation of the National Johne's Management Plan. The morning session will also include four farm case studies providing examples of successful implementation of the National Johne's Management Plan control strategies, presented by farmers and vets.

The first case study focuses on biosecurity and how the team at Redlands Farm worked with their vets to implement a biosecurity strategy based on a closed herd. Delegates at the conference will hear directly from farmer and vet about the cost and time implications of the strategy as well as the benefits to the whole farm. "The benefit is the pride we have in not having the disease on farm" says Christopher Gasson, partner at Redlands Farm and vet at Hook Norton Veterinary Group. "This is the result of not having losses associated with the disease, including loses from culling, and other related cow health issues such as increased lameness, somatic cell counts, poor fertility and reduced milk yields. It is difficult to put a financial cost on these; however, there are many reports on the drain that they cause."

The other conference case studies cover improved farm management, focusing on breaking the cycle of disease transmission from cow to calf through management changes across the whole herd and improved farm management with strategic testing. Farmer Kate Lywood and vet Ben Brearley from The Livestock Partnership will be looking at strategic individual cow testing to identify those cows most at risk of spreading Johne's disease and implementing management changes to break the cycle of transmission between cows posing the highest risk. David Hiscox, Westlay Farm, Somerset and vet Rachel Hayton, Synergy Farm Health will present their case study on improved farm management with test and cull focusing. The study looks at the immediate culling of test positives rather than retaining and managing them; an option most suited to low prevalence herds where quick removal of infected animals is preferred.

Lyndon Edwards, Chair of the Action Group on Johne's says: "The Conference will launch Phase II of the Action Johne's Initiative and is aimed at anyone interested in the management and reduction of Johne's disease. The conference is an opportunity to get practical insight and advice about the disease and its control as well as an opportunity to meet with others in the dairy supply chain and work together for a more coherent approach in dealing with Johne's."

Delegates will also hear from Karen Bond, Chair of the Johne's Technical Group on the training for vets developed by the BCVA and on the Technical Manual for the scheme and from Anthony Barber of Barber's Farmhouse Cheesemakers giving a processor's perspective on the implementation of the National Johne's Management Plan. The afternoon programme starts with an interactive session led by Pete Orpin of the Park Veterinary Group on the best way of obtaining farmer engagement followed by an overview of practice in other countries by Dick Sibley of West Ridge Veterinary Practice. Lyndon Edwards, will then talk about the requirements of phase II of the Action Johne's Initiative and the conference will close with a presentation by Sophie Throup of RAFT Solutions, on the support provided by the Action Johne's Delivery Team and the services available from industry suppliers.

To register for the conference please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. giving the name, company, position, postal address, email address and mobile number of the delegate(s) you wish to register. To cover venue hire and catering costs a small fee of £60 will be charged for each delegate. An invoice will be issued by Dairy UK.

For more information about the Action Johne's Conference visit www.actionjohnesuk.org.


Dairy UK Statement on Prime Minister's Brexit Speech

Commenting on the Prime Minister's speech on the Brexit negotiations, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said:

"Today, the Prime Minister lifted some of the uncertainty created by the Brexit referendum, bringing some long-awaited clarity on the Government's approach to a number of key Brexit issues. Although we welcome the Government's commitment to maintain a robust trading relationship with the EU, we have significant concerns about the UK's prospects outside the Single Market and without certain elements of the EU Customs Union.

"With 80% of UK dairy exports currently going to EU countries, any disruption to current agreements would have an extensive and costly impact on our industry. We support the Government's commitment to put in place a strong, swift and effective transitional process and urge them to avoid any kind of interruption to current trade agreements with EU countries or the creation of counterproductive tariff or non-tariff barriers. What we absolutely cannot see is a fall back to WTO default terms as the tariffs within WTO arrangements would have disastrous consequences for dairy trade.

"In addition to uninterrupted access to the EU market, our priorities for the UK dairy industry are to avoid the creation of non-tariff barriers and to retain access to productive labour."

Commenting on the issue of Northern Ireland's border with the Republic of Ireland, Dr Bryans added:

"We welcome the Prime Minister's decision to protect the Common Travel Area with the Republic of Ireland. The Northern Ireland dairy industry works hand in hand with the Irish dairy industry with common practices developed to improve efficiency and add value throughout the dairy supply chain."

She concluded:

"We pledge to give the Government our input to help make Brexit arrangements a success for the dairy industry and look forward to contributing to their work in this regard."


Dairy UK Calls for Continuity in Existing Border Arrangements to Safeguard NI Dairy Industry

Resolving issues around the future of the land border with the Republic of Ireland is critical for the dairy industry, said Dairy UK today.

Dr Mike Johnston, Northern Ireland Director at Dairy UK and Tim Acheson, General Manager of Food Service Operations at Lakeland Dairies, gave evidence to the House of Commons' Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on Wednesday morning as part of the committee's inquiry on the future of the land border on the island of Ireland.

Dr Johnston said: "Over the last few decades, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have developed common practices to improve efficiency, maximise productivity and add value throughout the dairy supply chain. Through an 'all-island' value chain, dairy stakeholders in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland work closely together and rely on the free movement of people, raw materials and finished goods.

"We have an efficient, well-oiled system that works and delivers benefits to all dairy stakeholders north and south of the border. Dairy companies are focusing on seizing every opportunity available but the lingering uncertainty created by Brexit raises many concerns in terms of future investments and our ability to plan for the future."

Mr Acheson said: "Many dairy companies have operations spanning all over the island of Ireland. Any disruption to the free movement of raw milk or dairy products would have a major impact on dairy processors and dairy farmers while jeopardising our efficiency and our competitiveness."

Dr Johnston also highlighted the key role of exports and trade for the Northern Ireland dairy industry.

"Dairy exports to EU and non-EU countries are vital to our industry. Post-Brexit, we will need to be competitive not only with non-EU countries but also with our EU partners to gain access to new exports markets. We need a joined-up game plan between industry and Government to identify, target and secure new markets for dairy exports. We have tremendous potential to grow and we will focus on fostering collaboration throughout the supply chain and with Government and Parliament to achieve our goals."


Dairy UK Sets out Vision for Future Role of Groceries Code Adjudicator

Dairy UK said today it supports government proposals to extend the remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) to cover smaller retailers and the food service.

In a submission to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy consultation on the issue, Dairy UK said the GCA has had a positive impact on commercial relations in the groceries markets. There is a case for extending the GCA's remit to smaller retailers and the food service sector as these retailers 'can exercise significant market power with smaller suppliers and the food service sector is of growing importance'.

However, Dairy UK firmly believes the GCA's remit should not be extended to cover relations between dairy farmers and milk purchasers.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "We fully support an extension of the GCA's remit to smaller retailers. Yet giving the GCA any role in regulating contractual relationships could lead to the GCA becoming the focal point for price disputes throughout the industry. This would be unwarranted as there is no systemic failure in the UK market."

In its submission, Dairy UK states UK dairy markets are operating efficiently and do not operate outside European norms. In most regions of the UK, the market for raw milk is competitive without any one purchaser being able to exercise market dominance. As a result, there are no instances of milk purchasers being able to set prices that are in opposition to the prevailing market trend.

Dairy UK also highlights that price volatility is an inherent feature of deregulated agricultural commodity markets. Globally, the degree of price volatility experienced in the UK is entirely consistent with other EU Member States and other major milk producing countries. There is also a high level of price transparency consistent with the needs of competing companies to protect commercially sensitive information.


British Cheese Board | Enjoy a dram and a slice this festive season

BCBlogoCMYKWhether it's a slice of mature cheddar or a taste of Somerset brie, the British Cheese Board has the perfect guide for some winning cheese and whisky pairings to enjoy over the festive period.

With over 700 varieties of named cheeses produced in the UK, and over 2,500 brands of whisky worldwide, the tasty combinations of cheese and whisky are endless.

Cheese and whisky are the perfect pair as the high level of alcohol in whisky cuts through the fat in cheese and allows for the flavours to be released. The undertones of grass, barrel fermented notes and salt are found in both whisky and cheese and complement each other well.

To celebrate the festive season, the British Cheese Board has a wealth of suggestions for the perfect cheese and whisky pairings.

Some top cheese and whisky pairings include:

  • Cheddar with either Linkwood 14yo or Dalwhinnie 15;
  • Somerset brie with Glenmorangie Original;
  • Or creamy Lancashire with either Glen Elgin 12yo or Asyla.

Luisa Candido of the British Cheese Board, said: "We all know that cheese and wine are always an excellent match but not a lot of people know that cheese and whisky also make a perfect combination.

"Many whiskies work hand in hand with cheese and bring out an array of flavours. A small glass of water is also advised to bring out the sweetness of the whisky and enhance the taste of the cheese.

"Our guide includes suggestions for all whisky fans, from beginners to connoisseurs and confirmed risk-takers. We're looking forward to celebrating the festive season with some delicious British cheese and a tasty dram."

The British Cheese Board also has a popular beer and cheese pairings guide available from the British Cheese Board website.

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Dairy UK Update | Dairy APPG Seeking Industry Views on Skills & Labour


APPG-logo-PORTCULLISThe Dairy All-Party Parliamentary Group is seeking evidence for its inquiry on skills and labour in the dairy industry.

The inquiry will focus on three chapters, namely skills in the dairy industry; the Government's role and actions; and Brexit challenges and opportunities for the dairy workforce.

Simon Hoare MP, Chair of the Dairy APPG, said: "The UK dairy industry provides a myriad of jobs from farm to fridge across the country. From farming to processing and manufacturing, from research to marketing and much more, there is something in the dairy sector for everyone.

"As the UK gets ready to write a new chapter of its history, we must help the dairy industry strengthen its position as an attractive industry, with opportunities for all to build a successful and rewarding career. Therefore, the Dairy APPG is keen to hear from dairy experts to get a better understanding of how it can support the sector going forward."

Written submissions should be sent to the Dairy APPG at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 23rd December 2016. Oral evidence sessions will be held in the new year.

The APPG is looking for evidence for the following sections:

Skills in the dairy industry

  • Skills and opportunities in dairy farming;
  • Skills and opportunities in dairy processing;
  • How to promote dairy careers;
  • Training & skills development programmes.

Government role

  • Role of the UK Government in supporting education and skills development in the dairy industry.

Brexit challenges & opportunities

  • Migrant labour in dairy farming;
  • Migrant labour in processing;
  • Access to European workforce throughout the supply chain;
  • Education exports (incoming foreign students + outgoing UK students).

Going further

  • Education: focus on consumers & the media.

Case studies / profiles

  • Dairy farmer, food scientist, vet, processing technician, etc...

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New IDF President Sets Out Priorities for 2017

A few weeks after her election as President of the International Dairy Federation, Dairy UK Chief Executive Dr Judith Bryans answered a few questions about her vision for IDF in the IDF Newsbrief.

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When did you join the dairy industry?
I joined the dairy industry in 2004. I have a scientific background with a PhD in nutrition. My first role in the dairy industry was as a nutrition scientist for The Dairy Council, a science based organization with activities which cover academia and consumers. After a year, I became the Director of that organization.

Over the years, my interests and experiences broadened and in 2013 I became the Chief Executive of Dairy UK, a trade association representing the UK supply chain on public health, technical issues relating to supply chain integrity, environmental and sustainability issues, health and safety, agricultural issues which affect the supply chain (MAP, Johne's disease, antibiotics etc.) and policy.

Why did you choose dairy?
I wanted to move from academia to industry but I didn't want any old job for any old sector. I wanted to be able to talk about products I could be proud of, believe in and speak honestly about from a nutritional perspective. Dairy was the perfect fit.

If you didn't work in the dairy industry, what other sector would you have chosen?
That's a tricky question and I'm not sure I know the answer! As an Irish person I'm tempted to say potatoes just for a laugh but that would be just be a cheeky answer because in truth I don't know.

You've been involved in IDF activities since 2005. What's your best memory so far?
My best memory has got to be the moment Jeremy announced that the GA have voted me in as the new president. I mean – wow – that was amazing. For my colleagues in the IDF community around the world to put their trust in me to take forward an organization I truly believe in, is something that I can't even put into words.

Having said that, I have many great memories of IDF. My first IDF Summit was Vancouver and I remember sitting in the SCNH meeting and that was the first time I felt the camaraderie and friendship of the IDF experts and staff. I recognized the benefit and importance of having a strong global network all working for the same goal and having the ability to have a consensus. Let's be honest, it's not always easy to get consensus but when you can, it's a powerful thing.

And of course there are many, many more memories. Ones that have a much lighter and more fun note to them.

Why did you decide to run for IDF President?
Running for IDF President was not a decision I took lightly. I have been involved with IDF at every level, from member and Chair of the Standing Committee on Nutrition and Health to member of the Science Programme Coordination Committee and the Board.

Over the years, I saw the huge amount of good the organization has been engaged in, work that is essential for the sector. Work that IDF sometime the members don't even know about or that IDF is not recognized for. You will no doubt have heard many people say that if IDF didn't exist we'd have to invent it. Those are not just words for me, I firmly believe it. I knew IDF's potential, I knew what the organization can do for and on behalf of its members and I wanted to make sure we delivered. I decided to run for IDF President because I strongly believe in its vision and I wanted to help IDF reach its goals and speak in a clear, united voice.

What do you see as the biggest challenge for IDF?
The world is changing at an astonishing pace and if we want to ensure a role for dairy, we need to keep up. Think about how far we've gone in the last 70 years. In 1950, nobody used the word globalization. Sustainability and environmental issues were nowhere to be found on the agenda. Plant-based products were not an issue and dairy was an obvious choice. Consumers didn't interact with the media, they consumed messages.

Today, everything has changed. Globalization and sustainability are the new normal. Plant-based products have become serious – and often aggressive – competition. The way consumers perceive messages has gone through a profound evolution; the 21st century consumer engages, interacts and expects more and more from the media. Governments and intergovernmental organizations are lobbied heavily by consumer groups and activist groups who very often use emotive arguments and are not fact based.

We operate in a new environment which evolves constantly. Whether we are talking about the benefits of dairy from a nutritional, environmental or economic perspective we need to adapt so that our messages are fact based but told in a way that people can understand and want to engage with. Antimicrobial resistance, environmental issues, the march of the plant based product, animal welfare, maintaining our standards, demonstrating the role for our products in the diets of existing and future consumers to intergovernmental organizations and other stakeholders, will all be challenges. And although we have some work to do, we have a good story. That means using IDF resources and expertise to help make our industry more modern, more responsive and ready to seize opportunities.

Why should a country join IDF?
There are many reasons for countries to join IDF. First of all, IDF provides the global expertise to represent the industry on a range of issues. If you don't have a seat at the IDF table, you don't have input into decisions which may affect you further down the line.

Every national dairy industry has potential reputational issues around food safety, standards, health and the integrity of production and processing methods. Through IDF, we can help countries share their successes but also their mistakes so other can learn from these experiences, creating their own successes and avoiding some mistakes. Additionally, emerging dairy markets will face issues developed markets have had to deal with before. And, developed markets can learn from innovative practices in new markets. We need each other and IDF can facilitate dialogues and foster cooperation throughout its membership.

We also have an essential role to play to defend the industry. I'm a scientist by trade and nothing angers me more than baseless claims or spurious arguments. That is why IDF's role is so important when working with international organizations. The science underpinning the dairy industry is formidable and by pulling our resources together, we can make a real difference.

We live in a world of perpetual noise with new conflicting and confusing messages sprouting every day and it is increasingly difficult to make ourselves heard. That's why I want IDF to be a repository of knowledge and a conduit between the global dairy sector and our key partners. We are here to articulate a message and work constructively with international organizations as their trusted partner.

The networking opportunities that IDF offers are second to none.

What's the industry biggest strength?

Dairy's credentials are unique. Dairy products are nutritious, wholesome and sustainable and the industry provides livelihoods to 1 billion people across the world. It's an industry that creates, innovates and always strives to do better. Not to mention that dairy products come in so many tastes, textures and flavours!

Where we have weaknesses, we recognize them and work towards improvement. Our biggest strength is that we have a million strengths so let's shout it from a mountaintop.


The Dairy Council | Ash Amirahmadi Takes the Lead at The Dairy Council

Ash Amirahmadi, senior vice president of sales at Arla UK, has been elected chairman of The Dairy Council.

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He succeeds Mr Sandy Wilkie of Müller Milk and Ingredients whose dedication to The Dairy Council over the seven years he led the organisation was recognised by the whole industry.Mr Amirahmadi is a highly-respected industry figure in the UK and internationally.

Ash Amirahmadi said today: "It is a privilege to take on the role of chairman of this organisation which has a proud record in communicating the many benefits of dairy.

"Milk and dairy play such an important role in the British diet – not only are they some of the most nutritious foods on the supermarket shelves, but they also continue to be one of the most popular.

"Dairy plays a crucial part in nutrition at all stages of life, however we are confronted all too often with negative and ill-informed criticism of dairy. It is therefore crucial that we at The Dairy Council continue to use our voice to demonstrate the outstanding nutritional contribution of dairy in leading a healthy lifestyle."

Ash joined Arla's UK business in 2004 and worked in commercial roles before joining the leadership team in 2010 where he was responsible for the company's relationship with farmers and helped to build Arla's corporate reputation. After a brief period as marketing director, Ash has now taken responsibility for growing Arla's business with UK customers.


The Dairy Council | The Dairy Council Sets the Record Straight on Dairy Myths

With their unique nutrient profile and matrix, milk and dairy foods may play a neutral or protective role in long-term heart health, The Dairy Council said today.

2015 Dairy CouncilThe nutritional value of milk and dairy foods continue to be misunderstood and are often targeted in saturated fat reduction campaigns; however, multiple recent studies have shown that milk and dairy foods have neutral, and in some cases protective, associations with cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

Speaking at Food Matters Live, Dr Anne Mullen, Director of Nutrition at The Dairy Council, told delegates that the nutrient array and matrix of dairy is key to understanding dairy's relationship with certain long term health conditions.

Dr Anne Mullen said: "It is often thought that milk and dairy can play a part in developing health problems such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes due to its saturated fat content – but recent studies have shown that isn't the case.

"Saturated fat is actually an umbrella term to describe a family of individual saturated fatty acids and research has shown that these saturated fats behave differently in the body. When we appreciate their true complexity, a different picture emerges with regards to dairy.

"There are two saturated fatty acids found in dairy foods that are believed to be inversely associated with risk in developing type 2 diabetes, in addition to nutrients such as calcium and bioactive peptides which may also play a positive role in heart health. There is also recent research coming out that shows yogurt may actually have a protective effect in the development of type 2 diabetes.

"The reality is that the sheer complexity of saturated fat means that it is often misunderstood when assessing its impact on long term health and current public health guidelines, which looks at single nutrients as opposed to whole foods, have overlooked this.

"As the research field develops, it is important we communicate our knowledge with the public and health professionals. The continued misunderstanding of saturated fat sends a negative, and nutritionally incorrect, message about dairy and it's about time we debunked those myths."

Lydia Cooper, Nutrition Scientist at The Dairy Council, will also be speaking throughout the afternoon to discuss the relationship between milk and sports recovery. Research in the field has shown that milk can support an athlete's recovery through aiding rehydration, muscle repair and replenishing glycogen stores.

Lydia Cooper added: "Milk contains many of the nutrients needed for the body to adequately recover post-exercise. Studies have shown that milk may be more effective than sports drinks when it comes to rehydration. Milk has also been shown to help reduce muscle soreness following bouts of strenuous exercise."

Food Matters Live is the UK's largest cross-sector event that brings together the food and drink industry with nutrition and health professionals to address the relationship between food, health and nutrition. The event is being held at the Excel in London.


Key Decision Makers Discuss the Future of Dairy Exports

The UK dairy industry is ready to fully exploit dairy trade opportunities across the globe and strengthen its position as a global dairy player, said Dairy UK today.

Speaking at a breakfast seminar with leading politicians, including International Trade Minister Mark Garnier MP, Dairy UK outlined the sector's potential for global growth and the potential consequences of the Brexit negotiations, stressing that exports are a crucial part of developing and strengthening the dairy industry.

Dairy UK set out its vision for the industry in a briefing document for MPs, which demonstrated that the industry's path to global success relies on:

  • Maintaining uninterrupted access to the EU market;
  • Protecting existing trade agreements;
  • Developing new Free Trade Agreements (FTAs);
  • Avoiding border issues on the island of Ireland;
  • Working with Defra for optimal results on health certificates, inspection visits and promotion of the UK brand.

641f8a6b-3f5a-447c-8fa7-8d557d73cb67Whilst exiting the European Union will have a profound effect on the industry, taking the correct steps could help the industry become more resilient, competitive and profitable.

Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Efra Select Committee, said: "The Brexit referendum set the country on an unexpected course. The negotiations with the European Union will be complex, however food and drink exports are a crucial part of our economy and we must make sure the Government uses all of its resources to promote and boost trade.

"As a life-long champion of the UK dairy industry, I am anxious to protect its interests. The food and farming sector must make itself heard and I welcome Dairy UK's initiative to showcase the industry's achievements in dairy exports and to highlight what we can and must do to support it in the coming years."

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "As part of a billion strong global dairy community working together on nutrition, standards and sustainability, the UK dairy industry provides consumers worldwide with the foods and ingredients they want and love in a way that protects our planet for future generations.

"Dairy UK has a very diverse membership, with some companies focusing on developing the domestic market and some focusing on expanding their presence abroad. For those looking to access new foreign markets, collaborative work with the Government is key.

"In January 2016, Dairy UK published an Export Strategy which identified a comprehensive list of steps which could help foster growth and boost our industry's competitiveness in the international market place. With global demand for dairy expected to grow by around 2% per annum over the next 10 years, the UK has a unique opportunity to step up, unlock new markets and increase dairy exports across the globe.

"In spite of the uncertainty created by the Brexit negotiations, the UK dairy industry is ready to rise up to the challenge and strengthen its position as a global dairy player."

Guests at the breakfast included Mark Garnier MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of International of Trade), Neil Parish (Chair of the Efra Select Committee), Heather Wheeler MP, Sheryll Murray MP, Margaret Ritchie MP, Simon Hoare MP, David Simpson MP, Jonathan Edwards MP, Tom Elliott MP, Dr Paul Monaghan MP and Rebecca Pow MP.

Click here to access the 'Brexit and the future of dairy exports' document.


Dairy UK Boss to Lead International Dairy Federation

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, was elected President of the International Dairy Federation (IDF) yesterday at the World Dairy Summit held in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Dr Bryans takes over from Dr Jeremy Hill of New Zealand who was elected at the 2012 World Dairy Summit in Cape Town, South Africa. In her new role, Dr Bryans will steer the work of IDF with the support of the IDF Board, the Science Programme Coordination Committee (SPCC), the IDF Head Office and IDF National Committees. She has been involved with IDF at all levels since 2005 and is a well-known figure in the IDF community.

Speaking after her election at the IDF Annual General Meeting, Dr Bryans said: "I am honoured and deeply grateful for the trust the IDF community has put in me to lead the organisation for the next four years. Jeremy has done a wonderful job over the last four years and we owe him our thanks for his dedication and the myriad of ways in which he's strengthened the organisation in his time as President.

"IDF is involved in every aspect of the dairy supply chain and is a trusted and respected partner for many international organisations such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and Codex Alimentarius. With the support of the Board and the SPPC, I will work hard to strengthen our existing relationships and reach out to new global partners.

"The work of IDF is essential in creating a positive future for the dairy industry. It has a unique structure and shows what can be accomplished through global cooperation. With an unrivalled network of experts, we can pool our resources and expertise together to ensure the role of dairy is recognised properly at every level. We want to secure a positive and sustainable future for the dairy industry across the world and build on previous successes to put dairy front and centre in the global debate."

Dr Hill will hand over the IDF presidency to Dr Bryans at the World Dairy Summit on Wednesday 19th October.


Dairy Exports a Huge Opportunity for the Industry, Says Dairy UK

Dairy exports have a key role to play to boost the industry and foster growth, said Dairy UK to Defra Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom, yesterday.

The Secretary of State joined the Dairy UK Exporters' Group as a special guest at a meeting hosted by AHDB Dairy, to discuss the Government's export plan for food and drink. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss current and upcoming challenges linked to the Brexit negotiations and to reiterate Dairy UK's priorities in terms of trade and dairy exports.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: "The industry has been working hard to develop dairy exports and unlock new opportunities with countries around the world. The strategy we published earlier this year set out the necessary next steps to help the UK dairy industry take its proper place on the global market and we have already made significant progress working with Defra.

"However, with 80% of our dairy exports going to EU countries, it is absolutely vital that we should maintain our access to the EU market without any tariff or non-tariff barriers. The Government needs to maintain continuity and avoid any disruptions to existing trade partnerships.

"If we want to remain competitive, we need a level playing field with our European and global partners. When looking at food and drink regulations, the Government must make sure it does not inadvertently create non-tariff barriers which would hinder dairy companies' ability to export their products across the world. We need food and drink regulations on par with our competitors so we can strengthen our position in the global market."

Peter Dawson, Chair of the Dairy UK Exporters' Group, said: "The meeting was very positive with constructive discussions with the Secretary of State. We are confident that she fully appreciates our main points of concern and that she shares our enthusiasm and commitment to expanding dairy exports."


Dairy UK Tackles Antibiotics Use with New Training Programmes

Dairy UK has launched a package of new measures for the dairy industry as part as of its ongoing commitment to the prudent use of antibiotics and to delivering safe and wholesome dairy products to consumers across the UK.

The package features three projects, including the brand new 'MilkSure' training programme for dairy farmers. Developed in conjunction with the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA), MilkSure is a comprehensive programme covering all technical and practical factors relevant to the use of antibiotics on dairy farms which aims to safeguard residue free milk. To ensure maximum impact, vets will take the lead in working through the training programme with farmers.

The second major component of the package is a revamped teat sealant training programme, initially undertaken in 2012. Participating milk purchasers will invite their supplying farmers to receive refresher training from their vet on the correct infusion and removal of teat sealant. The programme will help to protect product quality and reinforce the industry's evolution towards selective dry cow therapy.

Unveiling the initiative, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK said:

"The UK dairy industry has always operated to the highest standards of animal health and food safety, advocating a responsible and prudent use of antibiotics. However, we cannot be complacent and, as antimicrobial resistance becomes a growing concern, we want to take industry standards even further and raise the bar for good practice on farm.

"In conjunction with our industry partners, we have put together a package of measures to improve the approach to the use of antibiotics on farm and reduce potential residues in raw milk. This will give consumers and customers even greater confidence that British milk is a pure and wholesome food.

"We strongly believe that a more informed use of antibiotics will lead to a reduced use. These new measures are designed to get vets, farmers and milk purchasers working together for optimal results. Only by drawing upon all elements of the supply chain can we move forward and I would urge all parties to take advantage of these initiatives.

"I would like to thank all organisations that have contributed to the development of the package, including milk purchasers, the BCVA, the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) and animal health companies."

Owen Atkinson, MilkSure project leader, said: "Cattle vets welcome the opportunity to work closely with others in the dairy supply chain to ensure the milk we produce in the UK is of the highest standard. MilkSure training and accreditation will benefit farmers and consumers, ensuring that veterinary medicine use in dairy cows is both efficient and safe."

Tim Hampton, Chair of Dairy UK's Antibiotics Working Group and Arla Foods representative said: "As co-sponsor, Arla strongly supports this initiative and we are exploring ways to maximise engagement of farmers in this programme."

Speaking on behalf of Muller Milk & Ingredients, Matthew Curry, agriculture manager said: "We have sponsored this initiative as we believe training on antibiotic protocols, in conjunction with the farmer's vet is key to ensuring our suppliers meet the rising expectations for product safety and quality. We will be encouraging our supplying farmers to participate in MilkSure."

Speaking on behalf of Dairy Crest, Gary Carcary said: "Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats to global health today. Dairy Crest is delighted to be a partner in this important training initiative with the aim of progressing best practice at farm level."

RUMA Secretary General, John FitzGerald, said: "RUMA encourages training in the responsible use of medicines and was pleased to support the development of the MilkSure initiative which will help UK dairy farmers to continue providing safe, wholesome milk from their farms."

Speaking on behalf of MilkSure sponsors, Zoetis, Technical vet Judith Roberts said: "'We are delighted to be sponsoring such an excellent initiative at an important time within the dairy industry. As a pharmaceutical company we want to ensure that our products are used correctly and appropriately and as such this initiative is vital to help train farmers and provide access to information and resources that enable them to understand and carry this out using the medicines that their animals need."

Details on the measures are available at www.dairyuk.org/tackling-antibiotics.


The Dairy Council | It's Time to Get Shaking for Milk!

Learning good lifestyle habits, such as being active and eating the right types and amounts of food and drink is key to helping children maintain a healthy weight throughout their life.

2015 Dairy CouncilFor World School Milk Day 2016, The Dairy Council is calling on primary schools across the country to join them for a dance to celebrate the white stuff on Wednesday 28th September. As part of a nationwide competition, teachers are encouraged to tweet a video of their class moving and shaking in celebration of milk. The Dairy Council will award their favourite videos with prizes for their efforts.

Schools can also get involved in the milk celebrations by designing a backdrop for the video or a display for the classroom wall. Other activities include downloading a presentation from The Dairy Council's website to teach the class about the benefits of milk; holding a pop quiz or other competitions in class; or making milkshakes.

Primary school children need lots of nutrients and energy from their food for growth and development, and their requirements are proportionally higher in relation to their body size than adults.

Milk and dairy foods provide calcium and protein for growing bodies and help to protect teeth against dental cavities. A small carton of semi-skimmed milk can provide 42-52% of 4-10 year olds recommended daily intake for calcium and 24-35% of their recommended protein intake.

Another important but less known nutrient, iodine, is found in significant amounts in milk. It is needed for growth and brain development in children and a glass of milk provides about 52-57% of their recommended intake.

Erica Hocking, Senior Nutritionist at The Dairy Council, said: "At primary school age, it is essential that children have a healthy, balanced diet and get plenty of physical activity to help them maintain a healthy weight as they get older.

"Research shows that milk consumption may have a beneficial effect on growth and body weight. Schools have a key role to play there and should try to encourage children to replace sugary drinks with milk or water.

"This year, we are asking schools to get moving and shaking in celebration of all things milk. Just tweet us footage of your class strutting their stuff for World School Milk Day and you will be in with the chance of winning some milk shakers for the entire dance troop. We have even created a dance tutorial video which is available on our website and YouTube channel to inspire teachers to get moving – check it out. We can't wait to see all of the videos."

How to enter the competition

  1. Film your class dancing in celebration of World School Milk Day 2016.
  2. Tweet your video with the hashtags #WSMD16 & #MilkShakeMoves during the competition period.
  3. Winners will be chosen at random.
  4. Information about the competition is available at www.milk.co.uk/consumers/page.aspx?intPageID=1086.
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