Society of Dairy Technology E-Bulletin
Welcome to the Spring
E-Bulletin from the SDT

I hope you all had a successful and happy festive season and are managing to avoid the floods that we have had for the last two months.  In this bulletin you will find information on our events for 2014, including the Spring Conference on the topic of Innovation in the Dairy Industry.   
John Sumner has written an article on Tackling anti-microbial resistance and I am always happy to take articles written by members.  So if you have something you would like to tell others about, for example events or fund raising activities, email me and let me know.  Photographs are always welcomed too.
Also available here are some reports that have appeared in the Dairy Industries International magazine; please take a look at what your Society is doing!

Last chance to renew your membership

If you haven't yet paid your subscription  for 2013-14 please pay now.  Unpaid members will be removed from the database in the next two weeks and will no longer receive discounts, access to the IJDT and membership rates for events.  You can pay by BACS, PayPal or cheque, just email and I can arrange this.

Events for 2014

Our first event this year will be our Spring Conference, which is to be held at the University of Reading on June 10th and 11th.  The main conference will be on Wednesday 11th, whilst on Tuesday 10th we have a visit to Arla Foods' new dairy at Aylesbury.  The topic of the conference is Innovation in the Dairy Industry and speakers are as follows:

  • Keynote paper: Global Trends and Drivers of Innovation: Dr Ad Juriaanse, NIZO
  • Dairy Product Innovation: Being innovative with cheese - an American perspective -John Brody, Sargento
  • Dairy Product Innovation: Protein based drinks – Speaker from Volac
  • Visit to University of Reading Food Biosciences building
  • Company Innovation Strategy – Speaker from Kerry Foods
  • Innovation in Dairy Nutrition: Health and Wellness Foods – Dr Paul Ross, Teagasc
  • Passion for our Products: Using Innovation to meet the consumer’s needs: Speaker from Arla Foods, Lurpak brand.
  • Innovation in production processes: speaker tbc

The programme can be found in a word document here and the booking form here. We have a number of rooms reserved on site at the Cedars B&B and information on how to book these is shown on the booking form.
Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities at this event should email and I shall be happy to discuss this.  This could be desk goods (pens/usb drives etc), conference folders or sponsorship of the event or parts, including a drinks reception on the evening of 10th June or a minibus to the dairy on Tuesday.
Trade stands are welcomed at this event at a very competitive price.

Society Annual Dinner
This will be held once again at Reaseheath College to coincide with Nantwich International Cheese Awards.  The dinner will be held on 28th July and is free for graduates of the Eden Foundation Degree, whilst members pay £35 + VAT.  Details will be sent out closer to the event.

Nantwich International Cheese Awards
We shall have a stand at the show again this year and hope that any members at the show will come to see us.

Member News
I was notified by two long-standing members that life member Mary Corbridge had died.  Mary contributed to the industry when she headed the NDC and for a while afterwards.  Former President of the Society, Eurwen Richards wrote saying "I recall judging cream with her at the 1970 Royal Dairy show, a great privilege for a ‘youngster’ at that time!  She championed dairy education and such a lot of good material came out of the dairy council at the time."  Our thoughts go to Mary's family at this sad time. 

Tackling Anti-microbial Resistance

The Annual British Mastitis Conference, organised by The Dairy Group, DairyCo and the University of Nottingham, celebrated its 25th anniversary just before the end of last year.  As mastitis remains one of the top three diseases of dairy cows, and as treatment usually involves antibiotics, it was very relevant that the use of antibiotics was a major theme at this conference.

The need
Antibiotics are valuable tools and are essential for the continuing health and welfare of farm livestock, and importantly they alleviate pain and discomfort, just as they do in humans. From an economic viewpoint, they also make a significant contribution to productive and efficient livestock farming. However, the food producing industry is increasingly aware of the importance of antimicrobial resistance and the grave threat it represents to both public and to animal health.

Dutch approach
A key note paper at the conference reported on the approaches adopted in The Netherlands. Forced by political and public health pressures, the demand for greater transparency in the use of antibiotics had increased. Some five years ago, all Dutch livestock partners signed up to an agreement on “responsible antibiotic use”. One outcome was that increasing awareness of the prudent use of antibiotics by both farmers and veterinarians resulted in a national decrease across all species of 50% by 2012. In relation to dairy, more than two thirds of antibiotics are used for mastitis and pressure is growing to stop prophylactic use. Cows without intra-mammary infection at the end of lactation will no longer receive dry cow therapy.
A veterinary researcher from the Royal Veterinary College highlighted the risks of feeding non-saleable milk to calves. If the milk contains antibiotics, the gut flora of the calf may be destabilized and antibiotic resistance may result. There could also be wider implications for animal and human health and the efficacy of antibiotics.

UK initiatives
The UK has not been sleeping on the job. In 1997 a cross industry alliance known as RUMA (Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance) was established to promote the highest standards of food safety, animal health and animal welfare in the British livestock industry. RUMA involves organisations representing every stage of the "farm to fork" process.  Then in 2013, Government published a 5 year antimicrobial resistance strategy with the overall goal being to slow the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance. The strategy has the support of farming, veterinary and pharmaceutical bodies all of whom take the issue of antimicrobial resistance very seriously and are committed to working closely together.

There are already clear guidelines in place for vets and farmers, and more will follow. Placing the emphasis on prevention and making better use of antibiotics will lead to a reduction in overall usage and aid farm profitability. In doing so, farmers make a significant contribution to reducing antimicrobial resistance in livestock and in humans.

Dairy Industries International
The Society makes regular contributions to this magazine, with our Chairman of Publications Committee, Andrew Wilbey, regularly reviewing the contents of the International Journal of Dairy Technology or producing reports of symposia.  Other contributions include a review of Lean, by our President, Dr Ken Burgess.
The January article, written by Andrew Wilbey, can be found in full here.  The February contribution looked at lean and can be found here with page 2 of this here.

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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