|Welcome to the Spring Newsletter!
The weather is improving, Spring is here and we have already held our Spring Conference. The report for this is below. The next event in our year is the Annual Dinner and I shall shortly be sending out notices regarding this. You can book ahead of this if you wish and to that end, there is a dedicated page on our website, which is a sub-page of the events tab.
John Sumner attended the AHDB Outlook conference and has produced a report for us, which is available below. Don't forget, if you have attended something that you think might interest our members, you can email it to me for inclusion into the newsletter.
2016 Spring Conference
If you didn't attend the Spring Conference this year, you missed an absolute gem. Our speakers were world class and I left feeling much more optimistic about the world of probiotic products. Dr Linda Thomas has produced a report of the conference which can be read here and a more detailed version will be available in the International Journal of Dairy Technology in due course. The presentations are available in pdf format in the members section of the website, for which you will need your username and password.
Speakers (l to r) Prof Paul Ross, Michael Hickey, Dr Sean Tuohy, Dr Linda Thomas, Carine Lambert, Dr Andrew Morgan, Dr Diarmuid Sheehan and Dr Elaine Patterson
As previously advertised the Annual Dinner will take place on 25th July at Nantwich Civic Hall. To book your place (£40 pp) email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bookings for company tables are also being taken. Graduates of the Eden Foundation Degree (cohort 5) will receive their invitations to the dinner in the next few weeks and we hope most will attend. It would be good to have a large attendance of members to celebrate their achievement, so get your booking in!
AHDB Outlook Conference report
The 2016 conference examined the factors and the market outlook affecting the three sectors the Board has responsibility for, namely dairy, pork and beef and sheep. This newsletter contribution by our roving reporter, John Sumner, looks at the dairy element of the proceedings, although some of the wider economic and global trends affects all sectors. To read the full article click HERE
Council are continually working on our strategic plan, part of which involves the development of a Continuing Professional Development process. We shall be offering certificates of attendance to those of you who request them and these will have the hours of an event that can be added to your CPD record. Eventually we plan to have a system in place that enables you to log your CPD, which many companies now require.
We continue to strive to increase the number of members of the Society and you will have seen that we have increased the range and number of events in recent years. If you have any ideas for events or articles for our newsletter, let us know. Don't forget that on the website you can find conference presentations, our short publications including the Handbook of Dairy Technology and lots of other information. And of course, we have our Journal. In this issue we have a review on the use of ozone in the dairy industry along with original research covering a wide range of topics including bacteriocins, fermented products and cheese.