World Dairy Diary

Gates Foundation Supports Heifer International

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $25.5 million to Heifer International to expand its East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) project – a program designed to assist small scale farmers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to “profitably participate in the growing dairy industry.”

Read the entire article here.

U.S. Dairy Exports Predicted to Be Up

USDEC projects another record-breaking year for dairy exports in 2013 and credits manufacturers’ commitment to make the U.S. a reliable global supplier and efforts by industry organizations to expand trade.

The 2013 year-end tally on U.S. dairy exports won’t be known until next month, but given the fact that exports through November were 17 percent higher than all of 2012, it’s destined to be another record-breaking year.

U.S. Dairy Export Council reported Jan. 8 that exports in the first 11 months of 2013 were valued at $6.1 billion and were on pace to approach $6.7 billion for all of 2013. That compares with exports worth $5.2 billion in 2012.

Exports of nonfat dry milk/skim milk powder, cheese, high-value whey protein concentrates and isolate, lactose, and fluid milk were all on pace for record highs in 2013. On a volume, 2013 is on track to be the fourth-consecutive record year and the ninth record year in the last 10 years, USDEC reported.

Strong global demand, domestic supply shortages in China and Russia and milk production shortages for major exporter New Zealand resulted in tight global dairy supplies in 2013, and U.S. prices were competitive with those of other exporting countries.

That helped boost exports in 2013 by a projected 30.4 percent in value and 17.5 percent in volume over 2012, representing 15.5 percent of U.S. milk production.

Source: Capital Press

LOL Joins GlobalDairy

Land O’Lakes Inc will become the second U.S. firm to join the world’s dairy trading platform, adding a potentially big exporter of skim milk powder to the internationally traded dairy market.

GlobalDairy Trade was set up in 2008 by New Zealand’s Fonterra. Land O’Lakes will begin offering skim milk powder, via the platform in March, while it will supply butter later in 2014, GlobalDairy Trade said.

Land O’Lakes is the third company this year to announce that it will join the platform, following India’s Amul and France’s Euroserum.

DairyAmerica, Australia’s Murray Goulburn and the Swedish/Danish firm Arla also supply to the platform.

Source: Reuters

Geiger Interview About Growing Middle East Market

Recently, Hoard Dairymen interviewed Nina Bakht Halal, the director of the U.S. Dairy Export Council’s Middle East/North Africa region, at the U.S. Dairy Conference held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates about exporting dairy foods to the Middle East.

“All we need is a little more collaboration,” Halal told the U.S. delegation to the United States Dairy Export Council’s Middle East Trade Mission. “Everything is personal in this region. It’s about face time. Your (U.S.) competitors are on the ground more than ever before.”

Source: Hoard Dairymen

U.S. Dairy ‘More Export-Savvy’

U.S. dairy exports could hit $6.5 billion in 2013 on the back of efforts by the increasingly “export-savvy” U.S. dairy industry to capitalize on “favorable” market conditions, the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) has claimed.

Read entire article here.

Source: Dairy Reporter

The Milk Gap

wfp13-simmonsElanco president Jeff Simmons received the 2013 Borlaug CAST Communication Award this year at the World Food Prize and used the opportunity to talk about the difference two glasses of milk can make.

Simmons says milk “one of the greatest food gaps we currently have” since there is currently 14% less milk per person globally than there was in 1961, despite the fact that dairy productivity has doubled. “What we have globally per person is (one glass) eight ounces,” he said. “What is recommended is two glasses.”

Watch his presentation in the video where he explains the need for two glasses per person and how we can get there to #Feedthe9. Find out more at

2013 World Food Prize photos

Ambrosia Named Bailey’s Irish Champion

Bailey's cow Neal PepperCongratulations to Neal Pepper and his four year old Holstein Friesian cow, Sahara Goldwyn Ambrosia, who was crowned the he Diageo Baileys® Irish Champion! Awarded by the company Diageo, which owns the world’s top selling liqueur brand, Baileys, the competition was held in Ireland.

The competition took place at the Virginia Agricultural Show, in Co. Cavan – which is home to Diageo’s cream supplier, Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Virginia, co-sponsor of the event. The competition celebrated its 30th Anniversary this year and rewards good body conformation with proven excellence in milk production. It is only the second time that a Northern Ireland breeder has won the top title, the first time being its inaugural year in 1983. Co Down breeders, Ivan and Louise Robinson from outside Newtownards also won Best Protein Award.

Last year’s winner, Ridgefield Dundee Portea owned by Pat and Derek Frawley from Rathkeale Co. Limerick was declared Reserve Champion and other prizes were awarded in specialist categories for breeders that travelled to Virginia from as far afield as Co Cork and Co Wexford to compete.

Widely acknowledged as Ireland’s most prestigious dairy livestock event attracting the super-elite of the Holstein Friesian breed, the top awards in the €10,000 prize fund were presented by the the Irish Minister for Agriculture Food & the Marine, Simon Coveney T.D. who said: “‘The annual Diageo Baileys Champion Cow Competition held in conjunction with Glanbia Ingredients Ireland represents a highlight of the Agriculture show calendar. The production of Baileys from milk supplied from 1,500 carefully selected family farms is a phenomenal success story. Irish dairy farmers are the cornerstone of the success of Baileys and I commend the unique partnership of all involved”

International judge of this year’s competition was Lynden Bustard from Devon who had the tough task of selecting the winner. Commenting on the calibre of Irish dairy breeding, he said the winner was ‘the epitome of perfection for Holstein youthfulness’.

Source: Diageo

DeLaval to Host Longevity Conference

DelavalDeLaval will be hosting a conference on Dairy Cow Longevity, bringing together twelve of the leading dairy farming scientists and experts to discuss and elaborate on issues regarding cow comfort and best practices to increase lifetime productivity.

Held Aug. 28-29 at Hamra Farm outside Stockholm, Sweden, this team of excellent minds aims to bring awareness to a subject that keeps dairy farmers’ minds busy: How can I make my cows live longer, keep the culling rate down and maintain productivity at the same time?

The conference is a two day event and will include discussions about cow longevity economics, hoof health, mastitis, fertility, stress, and cow comfort in lying, standing and feeding areas. During the conference, scientists and expert practitioners, for example Trevor de Vries, Christer Bergsten and Ken Nordlund, will share their “state-of-the-art” knowledge in cow comfort and discuss how farmers can best manage their herds in a healthy and sustainable way.

Source: DeLaval International

Dairy Part of Next Farm Foundation Forum

US-EU Farm Foundation1You could say that ag trade is the “big cheese” of the U.S. and the European Union’s nearly $4 trillion trade relationship, and of course, literal cheese makes up a good portion of that! That’s why Farm Foundation is sponsoring a forum featuring input from the dairy industry to discuss the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on Wednesday, July 17 at the National Press Club, in Washington, D.C.

In early July, the United States and the European Union will open TTIP negotiations toward the goal of increasing U.S.-EU trade and investments. Negotiators will examine tariffs, tariff-rate quotas and non-tariff barriers across multiple sectors. At present, the United States and the EU have about $2.7 billion of trade daily, and nearly $4 trillion is invested each other’s economies. As negotiations get underway, many of the areas of sharp differences will come into focus. For agriculture, both sides have called for an array of market access barriers to be addressed.

Moderating the Forum discussions will be J.B. Penn of Deere & Company, a Trustee of Farm Foundation, a member of the Board of IPC, and a former USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. Presenting perspectives on TIPP will be:

· Sue Taylor, Vice President of Dairy Policy and Procurement for Leprino Foods Company will discuss dairy industry priorities.

· Matt O’Mara, Director of International Affairs, Biotechnology Industry Organization, will explain his industry’s vision for the future of trans-Atlantic trade.

· William Kerr of the University of Saskatchewan, will outline the different approaches of the United States and European Union to geographical indications.

· Craig Thorn of DTB Associates, LLP will address U.S. industry views of geographical indications.

· David Biltchik, consultant to the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma, will discuss the European objectives for geographical indications.

The forum is free to attend, or you can watch it through a webcast. Register by emailing or for the webcast, register at:

Canada to Reclassify Mozzerella

Canada is changing the rules used to classify milk that goes into making mozzarella cheese.

The new milk class, to take effect June 1, is expected to result in lower costs for Canadian-made mozzarella for restaurants that prepare and cook pizzas on site.

The battle to cut the cost of mozzarella for pizza restaurants has been fought for nearly 15 years, ever since frozen pizza makers — including frozen-food giant McCain — won an exemption from Ottawa that allowed them to buy cheese at the cheaper world market price.

It remains to be seen whether dairy processors will pass the savings from the new ‘3d’ classification on to restaurant owners.

A number of restaurant chains recently began circumventing hefty cheese tariffs by importing their mozzarella by way of pizza topping kits.

The case is currently before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, and is seen as a serious threat to Canada’s farm supply management system.

Source: The Ottawa Citizen ©Copyright

Japan to Join Free Trade Negotiations

PrintThe U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) applaud the United States’ decision to welcome Japan into Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade negotiations.

“Japan greatly enhances the potential value of the TPP to U.S. dairy producers and processors,” says Jaime Castaneda, senior vice president for strategic initiatives and trade policy, USDEC and NMPF. “Japan is the third-largest economy in the world and already a major dairy importer. Reducing excessive tariffs and removing non-tariff barriers to trade will significantly increase U.S. dairy export opportunities, which helps drive overall U.S. dairy industry growth.”

U.S. suppliers shipped $284 million worth of cheese, whey proteins, milk powder and other dairy products to Japan in 2012. It is the fifth-largest U.S. dairy export market, despite substantial market access barriers in many of the biggest dairy categories.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office officially notified Congress of the American government’s intention to enter into TPP trade talks in 2009. At that time, it did so with the idea that the TPP would eventually expand from the initial eight participants—Australia, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam—to the entire Asia-Pacific, thus expanding the economic significance of the deal.

“The addition of Canada in 2012 and now Japan greatly raises the possibility of a positive overall TPP dairy package. But negotiators must now follow through on another promise made back in 2009: concluding a high-standard trade agreement,” says Castaneda. “We need to secure, in ongoing talks, effective disciplines on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, strong defense of common food names and meaningful competition policy changes in New Zealand’s dairy sector.”

Japan needs approval from all current TPP participants before officially joining the group. Although the United States has endorsed Japan’s participation now, we expect that the rest of the TPP partners will soon follow suit. The 17th round of negotiations takes place May 15-24 in Lima, Peru. Japan will join the actual negotiations 90 days after the United States notifies Congress of their intent to enter into negotiations with Japan.

Source: U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC)

Ireland Dairy Students Sing

Here’s the latest fun dairy related video – some students from Ireland who take dairy classes – and it’s crazy!

Kerrygold Sweet Cheddar to be Available in U.S.

IRISH DAIRY BOARD KERRYGOLD SKELLIGThe Irish Dairy Board has introduced Kerrygold Skellig, a sweet Cheddar cheese, to supermarkets and specialty stores across the U.S.

A popular Cheddar variety in the U.K., Kerrygold’s sweet Cheddar is a complex cheese with a firm yet creamy texture, a distinct nuttiness and sweet apple notes. The cheese is not “sweet” as sugar is sweet, but describes an intensely flavorful, high-umami quality.

Like all Kerrygold cheeses and butters, Skellig is made in Ireland with milk from grass-fed cows that are free of artificial growth hormones. The cows are raised on small family farms, with an average herd size of 60.

Kerrygold Skellig will be available beginning in March at major supermarkets and specialty stores.

Source: Irish Dairy Board

The Story of Milk

A great new video from FrieslandCampina called the ‘Story Of Milk.’ Check it out below

Milk is Mother Nature’s miracle. A magic gift we receive daily with pride and respect at FrieslandCampina. Every day our cows graze slowly, while the world changes at an increasing speed. The members-cattle holders of FrieslandCampina cherish their cattle. We honor the rhythm of Mother Nature. A rhythm our animals follow so they can create one of the richest nutrients that exist. The simple fact that cows can create milk, something no factory can produce, is magic in our eyes. Share the miracle.

Agropur announces proposed Canadian co-op merger

Agropur – Canada’s largest dairy co-operative – has announced plans to merge with Farmers Co-operative Dairy Limited.

Read more here.

Ingredients for Success on a Dairy Farm

To kickoff Global 500′s first dairy breakout session last week, Alltech brought to the stage Charlie Moore, a consulting nutritionist specializing in ruminants.

He probably traveled the farthest to get to Lexington, Ky. as he calls South Africa home. Graduating from Stellenbosch University with a B.S. in Animal Science and Agronomy, he is currently a registered professional animal scientist. He mainly works with large dairy and cow/calf producers, trying to maximize the use of home grown feeds.

Charlie discussed what he feels are 10 ingredients for a successful dairy farm. For the past 20 years he has visited dairy farms and is confident that if you follow his advice your level of production will increase.

In his closing remarks he summed up his take home message by saying:

Look to optimize rumen health.
Keep an eye on cow comfort. Screen feeds for quality.
Use data already generated on the farm.
Develop an organized monitoring program.

Listen to Charlie’s complete presentation here: Charlie Moore - Global 500

You can find photos from this year’s Global 500 here: 2012 Global 500 Photo Album

European Union Dairymen Protest

Geert Vanden Wijngaert/APEuropean Union dairy farmers staged a protest against milk prices in Brussels, spraying police with high-pressure hoses filled with milk.

According to Reuters, hundred of farmers blocked traffic with tractors along some of Brussels’ busiest streets and aimed hoses at the Parliament building. Naturally, police and passersby got showers they were not expecting. Afterward, the farmers set fire to barrels of hay and piles of tires. Says Reuters:

“The European Milk Board, which coordinated the two-day protest, said prices with current quotas were putting small farmers out of business. In Belgium, for example, the board said the wholesale price for a quarter gallon of milk was around 34 cents, but the cost of producing it is more than 50 cents.”

Source: NPR, The Salt

Photo Credit: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

Behind the Scenes With DeLaval

How much do you know about DeLaval? Want to learn more? Then sit in on this press interview with President/CEO, Joakim Rosengren. I conducted this interview along with several other ag journalists during the IFAJ Congress in Sweden. We were visiting the DeLaval Hamra Farm. After our tour of the facilities we had a wonderful meal under the roof of their big machines shed.

The first question was how Alfa Laval became DeLaval. From there we moved to what’s new in terms of equipment from the company. Prior to our interview we saw a number of these products on display in their show room. I hope you enjoy the interview.

2012 IFAJ Congress Photo Album

European Dairy Farmers Stage Protest

Dairy farmer protesters from Europe, including Italy, Germany, Ireland and France, sprayed milk outside the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday, creating a “milk lake” to protest against low prices.

The protesters blocked off a square with tractors and statues of cows brightly painted in the national colors of EU member states.

One milk producer perched on a haystack and used an industrial-sized hose to spray the contents of a milk truck into a makeshift tarpaulin pool, splashing demonstrators, spectators and reporters.

The “milk lake” was intended to symbolize an oversupply of milk in the European market, with protesters ringing cowbells and denouncing moves to phase out production quotas, resulting in more milk on the market and lower prices.

European Milk Board members in flannel shirts and cowboy hats addressed the gathering. One lamented the excess milk production and how little farmers were getting paid, to loud cheers from the crowd. Another blamed the European Union’s executive Commission, to even more raucous applause.

Once the “lake” was full, the pool was opened, and the milk ran down the street into the gutter. Some farmers in rubber boots happily splashed around in the milk river.

Marc Tarabella, a socialist member of the Parliament, said the protesters had a just cause.

“Their fight is also ours,” he said.

“How can we accept that some workers are working at a loss? Working to lose money? We cannot close our eyes to this human and social drama.”

Source: Reuters; Reporting by Gemma La Guardia

venture | dairy Will Build Sustainable Dairy

venture | dairy is a newly launched organization that will work with partners around the globe to build sustainable, thriving dairy enterprises that support healthy, prosperous communities. Founded by Trevor Tomkins, Ph.D., the recently retired chief executive officer of Milk Specialties Global and a 38-year veteran of the dairy industry. venture | dairy knows that thriving, sustainable, locally-owned dairy enterprises will have a profound impact on a developing community by generating income, improving nutrition-especially among children, involving women and improving the environment—truly creating healthy, sustainable communities.

“venture | dairy was founded to empower dairy entrepreneurs to establish sustainable business practices that can improve their lives and the lives of their families, and better their communities,” commented Tomkins. “This is the driving force behind our organization.”

Structured to produce measurable outcomes, venture | dairy is both a non-for-profit organization and a social investment fund. The non-for-profit operation prepares dairy enterprises to thrive by supporting technology advancement and training in dairy production, and coaching those involved through the fundamentals of business and value-chain development. The social investment fund provides access to affordable, patient capital in the form of loans or equity that can be used to procure equipment, purchase feed, build infrastructure and oversee operations. Combining the strengths of a non-for-profit organization and an impact-driven social investment fund, venture | dairy allows donors and investors to support the organization’s initiatives in ways that best meet their financial and philanthropic goals.

The organization’s inaugural project in Nicaragua is the formation of a Dairy Hub that will work with Nicaraguan farmers to improve milk production and farm profitability. The Nicaraguan dairy company, Centrolac, is one of the partners in the project, and will have the Tetra Laval Food for Development Office as an advisor. Currently,venture | dairy is also undertaking a feasibility study in Rwanda to determine whether its developing dairy industry can be helped by construction of a dairy processing plant.

Source: venture | dairy

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