Protected: 8TH IDF INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON SHEEP, GOAT AND OTHER NON-COW MILK – DAY 2

  IDF is bringing together the global dairy community to focus on “Sheep, Goat and other non-Cow milk” in Brussels, Belgium, hosted online. Sheep, goats and other non-cow milk-producing animals are widely distributed throughout the world. They contribute to sustainable livelihoods through support of the economy, rural and peri-urban livelihoods, the empowerment of women, and food security.During the second day, we will discuss over the nutritional aspects of these types of milks, their strengthens and applications, as well as the latest...

Protected: 8TH IDF INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON SHEEP, GOAT AND OTHER NON-COW MILK – DAY 1

  IDF is bringing together the global dairy community to focus on “Sheep, Goat and other non-Cow milk” in an online event hosted by the IDF Head Office. Sheep, goats, and other non-cow milk-producing animals are widely distributed throughout the world. They contribute to sustainable livelihoods through support of the economy, rural and peri-urban livelihoods, the empowerment of women, and food security. During the first day, we will discuss the role of these animals in sustainability, economic, social, environmental and the role of...

Protected: 8TH IDF INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON SHEEP, GOAT AND OTHER NON-COW MILK – DAY 3

  IDF is bringing together the global dairy community to focus on “Sheep, Goat and other non-Cow milk” in Brussels, Belgium, hosted online.   Sheep, goats and other non-cow milk-producing animals are widely distributed throughout the world. They contribute to sustainable livelihoods through support of the economy, rural and peri-urban livelihoods, the empowerment of women, and food security. During the third day, we will focus on investigating the relationship between udder health and milk quality. Participants will get advice on an improved,...

Celebrating the role of dairy science

It is during a public health pandemic like the one we are facing today that we are reminded of the importance of science and the vital role of scientists in supporting decision-making.  Piercristiano Brazzale, Chair of the International Dairy Federation’s Science Programme Coordination Committee, thanks scientists around the world for their contributions to making our milk and dairy foods safe. Since the seventeenth century, science has been the creative engine from which wellness and hygiene conditions emerged; the catalyst for...

The challenge of balancing milk supply in times of crisis: Why some farmers have to discard raw milk during the COVID-19 pandemic

Like many other sectors, the dairy supply chain has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, adapting milk production due to a serious drop in market demand resulting from the abrupt albeit temporary closing of restaurants, hotels and school, is not an easy and quick thing to do. Despite strong demand for basic foods like milk and dairy products amid the coronavirus pandemic, the milk supply chain has seen a host of disruptions that are preventing some individual dairy farmers...

Relying on dairy in a world consumed by COVID-19

These are not normal times. The simple things we’ve been doing all our lives, we can’t do anymore. We can’t hug our friends, shake hands or enjoy each other’s company because of a silent enemy called COVID-19. This virus has changed how we live and think around the world. At times of crisis people turn to things they really need and rely on every day. The everyday essentials. As more and more people are spending time at home due to very...

Dairy – a more nutritious and sustainable choice for your cup

Today, there are innumerable food and beverage choices catering to every lifestyle — dairy, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan and more. While it’s great to have a range of choices to fit individual needs and wishes, not all options are nutritionally equal, nor do they have the same impact on our planet. Dairy’s true impact on climate change Contrary to what some believe, per unit the dairy sector has one of the smallest carbon footprints of all animal products in the world. The...

School Milk Programs fuel students, support healthy bodies and minds around the world

    Food insecurity exists in the United States, as well as in many developed and developing countries around the world. The National School Lunch Program operates in approximately 100,000 schools across the United States, serving roughly 30 million students each day; of those students, 74% receive lunch at no cost or at a reduced price because their household incomes are at or below 185% of the poverty level. Access to milk through school programs means that the nutritional and consequent developmental...

Sharing knowledge in dairy welfare

Animal welfare is increasing in importance in agricultural systems in many countries around the world.  As the 13th edition of the IDF Animal Health Report is released, Louise Winblad of Växa Sverige reflects on why information on animal welfare should be communicated globally, and shares details on some of the case studies included in the latest issue. The latest edition of IDF’s Animal Health Report is dedicated to animal welfare, an important and complex topic where the level of acceptance to...

Coordinated action needed on mastitis

Healthy and productive dairy animals are vital to the provision of a safe, sufficient and nutritious food supply at a time of a rapidly increasing global population. Mastitis causes decreased productivity as well as food loss due to discarded milk. Coordinated action is essential if the dairy sector is to achieve optimal management of this disorder, which is so important to maintaining and increasing sustainable milk production globally. To explore the global issue of mastitis in livestock, one of the most important...