International Dairy Federation appoints new Director General
o aid the global dairy sector, International Dairy Federation (IDF) ensures that the best scientific expertise is used to support high quality milk and nutritious, safe and sustainable dairy products. This organisation is committed to drive forward its scientific heritage and help dairy sector make a greater impact in a fast-moving media and political climate. Caroline Emond has been appointed to the post of Director General of the IDF. Capturing her comments on the first day in her new role, Emond said “I am delighted to be joining International Dairy Federation as Director General and I am proud to be an IDF Global Dairy Ambassador.The IDF is a prestigious institution with a history stretching back over a hundred years and the chance to lead and contribute to the ongoing success of the IDF is a great opportunity.I am passionate
about continuing the IDF’s essential work and communicating these efforts as widely as possible in a compelling fashion.” IDF has an excellent record in fostering development of dairy-related science. The IDF’s unique ability to gain global consensus on key issues makes it the united voice of the international dairy sector. That, coupled with its respected multi-sectoral expertise places it in a strong position to make a real difference on behalf of the dairy sector and significantly contribute to consumers, producers, processors and stakeholders around the world. She also added that, “I look forward to building on the excellent work undertaken by my predecessor Nico van Belzen and join a dynamic team and engaged community of experts around the world. I plan to bring energy, dynamism and a wealth of relevant experience to ensure that the IDF maintains and enhanc-
es its position as the authority on global dairy matters. It is imperative that the dairy sector extols the virtues of dairy produce and clearly demonstrates how dairy an essential part of a healthy, balanced and sustainable diet is. I will engage proactively with the relevant stakeholders to further the dairy sector’s interests and ensure the IDF provides international policy makers and influencers with science-based guidance and leadership.”
Vancouver Island farmer milks tech skills to combat dairy industry hitch
ory Spencer made a career shift from coding to milking a decade ago. He left his job as a software developer to lead a life wherein he could raise goats and making cheese in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. But then what goes around comes around and Spencer had to use his tech skills after one of his 100-goat herd came down with an udder infection. By the time he detected it, he could give treat it but the animal suffered irreparable damage. Mastitis — a common udder infection is expected to cost global dairy industry billions of dollars every year. Most large dairy operations use robotic milkers that take small samples during the milking process to test for signs of infection in the
udder. Spencer said the robotic systems are out of reach for smaller farms like the one that he co-owns, along with The Happy Goat Cheese Company, with his wife Kirsten Thorarinson. The new tool developed takes a picture of the udder with a special camera that can detect heat signatures, which are elevated temperatures that occur around a wound or infection. Spencer said “I began thinking how Ican leverage my previous career in computers to help me detect these sorts of infections in the future. The information is run through computer algorithms and provides results at a sub-clinical stage of infection, enabling earlier treatment with better results than other diagnostic tools. With a pretty good confidence level we can say this animal needs attention from the farmer.” Spencer is now Chief Technology Officer of a
new company, EIO Diagnostics which is fine-tuning two models of the diagnostic tool, including a handheld model and a larger one for automated milking barns. The barn-mounted model scans the udders of cows and goats as they enter the milking stall. The EIO scanner has attracted significant interest from the dairy industry in Canada as well as the United States, New Zealand and Mexico. It is set for expanded field trials in 2018.