|Welcome to the Newsletter!
Happy New Year to all of our members; I hope it is a successful, peaceful and prosperous one for all. Lots seems to be happening so this is a full newsletter!
At the end of last year we saw our new President, Soeren Vonsild, takeover the reins and we have created a new section to this newsletter - "President's ramblings" so do read this. It is guaranteed to be thought-provoking and occasionally controversial, but always worth reading!
I have included further details of the Spring Conference in Cork in April and please note that there is a booking discount for early bird reservations.
You will also be able to read in this newsletter, news sent in about Dr Phil Kelly of Teagasc winning an IDF award last year. Our congratulations to Phil on this prestigious award. Clearly, a lot is happening in the Southern Ireland Section and Prof Pat Fox has just launched a book on the history of the Faculty of Food Science and Technology at UCC.
Finally, Laverstoke Park is looking for a technical manager so I have included a link to this vacancy.
Hopefully, you will have noticed that the header image is different in this newsletter; we have changed the front cover of the IJDT and this reflects that change. Talking of which, don't forget that you can view papers in the Journal before they appear in the print edition by clicking on "Early View" (under "Find Articles" on the left hand menu) on the IJDT home page. Currently there are 44 papers in Early View.
Spring Conference 10-12 April 2017, UCC Cork
I have mentioned the forth-coming Spring Conference in previous newsletters and it has its own page in our events section of the SDT website. The booking forms and programme can be found there, along with some links to hotels. There is a discount for bookings made before February 17th so don't delay, get those forms in! You can also access the programme by clicking HERE and there are two booking forms; those paying in Euros should click HERE and those paying in sterling HERE. Trade stands are welcomed and the same forms can be used.
Remember that this is just before Easter, so why not take the opportunity to take a holiday in Ireland after the conference?
SDT member wins IDF Award 2016
The INTERNATIONAL DAIRY FEDERATION (IDF) Award 2016 “For outstanding contribution to progress in dairying worldwide” is awarded annually. The 2016 IDF Award was presented to three outstanding nominees: Prof. Paul Jelen (Canada), Dr Phil Kelly (Ireland) and Dr Kevin Marshall (New Zealand) at the World Dairy Summit 2016 held in Rotterdam, on the 19th October 2016. Phil has been a member of the Society of Dairy Technology for over 40 years and now holds Honorary Member status. He has contributed regularly to the International Journal of Dairy Technology.
Dr Kelly, a Senior Principal Research Scientist until his recent retirement from Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, received the award for his “contribution largely to international progress in the field of dairy science and technology, especially in the field of applied research in dairy technology across many fields, over a career that has spanned nigh on 41 years. Phil has also been a champion of IDF both in Ireland and overseas in many countries across the dairy world.”
Dr Phil Kelly (right) being presented with the IDF Award 2016 by Dr Jeremy Hill (Fontera), outgoing President of IDF, at the World Dairy Summit in Rotterdam
Also in Ireland, Prof Pat Fox has just had a book launched, which tells the history of the Faculty of Food Science and Technology at UCC. Below is a photo of Dr Seamus O'Mahoney with Prof Fox at the launch.
We all enjoy delicious dairy products made by qualified dairy professionals.
When we enjoy dairy products, being it the daily dash of milk in our cuppa or we treat ourselves to a tasty cheese board, we are impressed by the appearance, the taste, the structure and the freshness. The people that make all this happen are the Dairy Professionals. Without their passion for dairy and their basic understanding of dairy technology and our products there will be nothing to market and nothing to enjoy.
It is clear to most industries that professional skills are critical for survival. However, the UK dairy industry has yet to work this out and pick up on the idea that qualified dairy professionals are required to secure innovation and efficient production, now and in the future.
The reality is clear: excessive downtime and waste, quality problems, downgrading and lack of innovation are all problems that are discussed daily in UK dairies, and the shortage of professional skills is largely to blame for this. A typical 100ML intake dairy in Europe has about 20 qualified dairy technicians and 1-2 dairy science degree professionals. A similar UK dairy is lucky to have 2 qualified technicians.
Our Society of Dairy Technology has the aim of increasing professionalism in the dairy industry. With seminars, symposia, literature, networking events and a focus on CPD we drive the agenda and we do our part to professionalise the UK dairy Industry. What we wish for is more interest from the employers, to apply pressure on their staff to improve their skills and to increase their support for dairy education initiatives such as the EDEN program.
The business case is easy. Recent work identified that dairy trainee technologists delivered back an estimated average of £48,000 each during a 12 month period of time in factory.
Bookings for this are coming in thick and fast so don't get left out in the cold. The booking form is available on the dedicated page on our website - click here to be redirected.
Nordic Dairy Congress
This event on 7-9 June 2017, is on the topic of Adding Value and members may be interested in attending. Further detail can be found at http://www.nordicdairycongress.com/
Click HERE for details of a job vacancy for a Technical Manager at Laverstoke Park.