ICAR and IDF events address milk supply challenges
FOSS has participated in the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) conference in Cork, Ireland 28th May- 1st June and the International Dairy Federation IDF/ISO Analytical Week 4 – 8th June 2012, Tel Aviv, Israel.
There was a FOSS stand at both events and representatives took part in discussions about exciting trends in milk testing and dairy herd improvement. A particular focus at the ICAR event was screening for ketosis in dairy herds. Ketosis is a condition in dairy cows that can reduce yield by over 500 kilos of milk per cow/year while also having an adverse effect on reproduction.
The new screening option allows milk testing laboratories to offer a valuable early warning service to dairy farmers allowing them to head off the worst effects with appropriate feeding strategies. The new test is made using the existing sample collection infrastructure and MilkoScan FT+ analysers. A presentation from the Canadian milk testing laboratory Valacta explained how the new test is taking off in Canada. More about this story here.
The important subject of milk adulteration and how to prevent it was discussed at the IDF/ISO Analytical Week. Dr Steve Holroyd gave a presentation on a method of screening for adulteration using Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) as used in FOSS analytical instruments such as the MilkoScan FT+.
At both the ICAR and IDF meeting there was great interest in the standardization of FTIR analysis instruments as a way to benefit from transferrable spectra and calibrations. FOSS has developed a unique standardization concept (patended) which are readily available for all FOSS MilkoScan FT instruments, more details here.
FOSS Central Milk Testing market manager Steen Kold-Christensen said: Both events were great round-table events and the presentations highlighted how the smart use of existing technology platforms can provide a convenient and cost-effective response to key issues currently affecting our milk supply.”