Society of Dairy Technology Newsletter
Welcome to the SDT

Well, another January and already it is half way through!  I hope that everyone had a good festive season and this newsletter gives you some detail of two events in the early part of this year.

We, at the Society, are always trying to keep up with changes and we are pleased to welcome a student member to Council, more detail of which is below.

I hope to see many of you at events this year and welcome any feedback.

New Council member

Council welcomed the interest from students on the Eden Foundation Degree in Dairy Technology, in joining us in managing the Society.  A poll of students was recently held and Joshua Bough of Muller-Wiseman was duly elected to represent students on Council.  Sixty two students voted, a very good turn-out, and Ritchie Clarke of Arla, who was narrowly beaten, has agreed to participate in our Continuing Professional Development sub-committee.  We also hope that we can encourage the students to organise events in their areas (with a little help of course!).

Southern Ireland Section Workshop - 17th Feb 2015

Use of Renewable Energy: Opportunities & Challenges, Venue: Aurivo Dairy Ingredients, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon
Aurivo Dairy Ingredients is the first large scale milk processing plant in Ireland to switch to biomass as the principle energy source for the processing of its approximately 300 million litres of milk per annum into butter, milk powders and dairy ingredients at its Ballaghaderreen site, which is the location for this workshop and site visit - jointly organised by the Southern Ireland Section of the Society of Dairy Technology and the Agricultural & Food Engineering Section of Engineers Ireland and supported by Aurivo Co-Operative Society.

Auriva Biomass Unit.

The keynote opening paper “A Bioenergy Model for Ireland” will be presented by Prof. Jerry Murphy (Environmental Research Institute & School of Engineering, UCC), who is currently the Leader of the International Energy Agency Biogas Energy Task and an international  authority on the subject of Bioenergy. This will be followed by an industry perspective from Mr. Willie Murphy (Head of Operations at Aurivo) and Mr. Alan Fox (MD of HDS Energy), who will give an insight into the €5.2m Aurivo project.  Energy management and efficiency is the topic of the presentation by Mr. Richard Morrison (Optien Ltd.). 
The final element of the programme will be the opportunity to visit to the Biomass Energy Plant on the Aurivo Dairy Ingredients site.
Registration for the Workshop is confined to the Membership of the SDT & Engineers Ireland and is free of charge thanks to the generous support of Aurivo Co-Op. However, advance registration is obligatory as, for H&S/ logistical reasons, there is a limitation on the number of attendees than can be accepted.  Full details are available on the SDT website, in "forthcoming events"

Spring Conference: Future in Focus - The Dairy Industry in a Post-Quota World

To provide an opportunity to review the challenges and opportunities for the Dairy Sector, the Society, in association with CAFRE, Ulster Farmers Union, & Dairy UK NI are holding our Spring conference at CAFRE – Loughry Campus. On day 1 of the conference we shall visit Ballyrashane Creamery and on day 2, Wednesday 1st April, we shall have a full range of speakers.  This is the first time the national conference has come to Northern Ireland since 1997.

The conference boasts a host of top class speakers covering a wide range of topics. Speakers include Mansel Raymond MBE, Dairy Chairman of Copa Cogeca,  Mark Faherty from the Irish Dairy Board, David Dobbin CBE, of Dale Farm Ltd, Professor Paul Ross of University College, Cork, Alex Bandini of Kantar WorldPanel and Sophie Helaine of DG Agri.

The full programme and booking form can be downloaded from the SDT website, or by clicking this link: SDT conference booking form and programme

Membership renewals changes

The changes to our renewals process is on-going and in the next few days you will be able to renew on-line.  The system will remind you when membership is due and payment can be carried out on-line if desired.  This is an exciting step forward and also means that new members can join on-line instead of having to download the form.  You will also have individual log-in passwords to the members area.

If you have not yet renewed this year (ie from 1st July) you will be have been removed from the system, unless you have indicated that you are paying in the next few days and so this will be the last newsletter that you will receive and you will no longer have access to the member benefits.


Please send comments, feedback and suggestions for topics to Liz Whitley

Many thanks
Liz Whitley
Executive Director
Tel: 0845 528 0418
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