IDF World Dairy Summit Programme 2017

Wide-ranging and engaging, the IDF World Dairy Summit 2017 programme will provide a comprehensive examination of all the major issues making a difference to the world of dairy, as well as insights into how delegates can, in turn, make a difference to the sector’s future.
The conference opens on Monday 30th October with the World Dairy Political/Agricultural Leaders Forum. This brand new Forum will provide a platform for the political and agricultural leaders that will shape the sector’s operating environment. This will be followed by the World Dairy Leaders Forum which will see senior company leaders discuss their vision for the sector’s future. The IDF will then showcase its work in the IDF Forum in the afternoon.

Please note: Programme is subject to change

Full Programme

The conference opens on Monday 30th October 2017 with our theme Making a Difference with Dairy, followed by parallel conference sessions from Tuesday 31st October to Thursday 2nd November. Friday 3rd November is dedicated to technical tours. Please see below for further details on the programme.

Parallel Conference Sessions

Parallel conference sessions will then run from Tuesday 31st October to Thursday 2nd November. Authoritative speakers from around the globe will cover the full spectrum of subjects from economics to antimicrobial resistance. Each session will include panel discussions with recognised sector leaders and delegates will be given ample opportunity to participate and contribute to the debate.

Monday 30th October

Opening Day: Making a Difference with Dairy

09:00 – 09:30  Welcome and Opening Ceremony 

09:30 – 09:40  Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam: The Next Challenge 

09:40 – 11:00  Session 1  World Political and Agricultural Leaders’ Forum 

With a growing world population and finite resources feeding the world with safe, sustainable and nutritious foods requires a strong and vibrant agricultural sector globally as well as efficient trading systems. Join our political and agricultural leaders to hear their views on the future of agriculture and trade as well as the role of dairy in helping to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Then take the opportunity to ask the speakers the questions you’d like them to answer in our interactive debate.


The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP – Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs;

EU Commissioner Phil Hogan – European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development;

Dr Ren Wang – Assistant Director General. Food and Agriculture Organisation;

Thomas Lee Bauer – Principal Industry Specialist, World Bank Group, International Finance Corporation.

11:00 – 11:30  Break 

11:30 – 13:00  Session 2  World Dairy Leaders’ Forum 

The dairy sector is a vibrant, forward thinking sector which already makes important contributions to food security, sustainability, nutrition and the world economy. Join our dairy leaders to hear their thoughts on the future of dairy and how they deliver profitable, nutritious, sustainable foods via their business strategies. Hear how their businesses deliver for people and the planet in their own countries and globally. Then join us in an interactive debate and ask the questions you’d like to hear answered.


Mr Zhang Jianqiu – Executive President of Yili Dairy, China;

Mr Kazuo Kawamura – President of Meiji, Japan;

Mr Paul Vernon – Chief Executive of Glanbia Cheese, UK;

Mr Barry Irvin – Executive Chairman of Bega Cheese, Australia;

Mr Tomas Pietrangeli – Managing Director of Arla UK.

13:00 – 14:00  Lunch 

14:00 – 15:30  Session 3  IDF Forum Roundtable: Making a Difference with Dairy 

The IDF Forum is the Federation’s annual showcase of the value and outcomes that IDF generates for the global dairy sector. Moderated by IDF’s President, Dr Judith Bryans, this year’s Forum will also cover IDF’s Programme of Work in the four areas of strategic importance – Sustainability, Food Safety, Food Standards and Nutrition.

The IDF Forum will voice the essential role that dairy plays in nourishing the world with safe and sustainable foods, protecting the environment, safeguarding consumer health and safety, and facilitating the global trade of milk and milk products while supporting sustainable economic growth.

Opening by the Chair – Dr. Judith Bryans, IDF President

Overview of the IDF work programme – Jean-Marc Delort, Chair of IDF Scientific Programme Coordination Committee

IDF promotes sustainable milk production and processing – Dr. Nico van Belzen, IDF Director General

IDF facilitates dairy trade through standards – Dr. Jaap Evers, IDF Leader Global Standards

IDF highlights the nutritional benefits of dairy – Mary Anne Burkman, IDF SPCC Member on Nutrition


Closing words by the Chair

15:30 – 16:00  Break 

16:00 – 16:30  Session 4  World Dairy Situation Report  

The World Dairy Situation Report, produced annually by the IDF, contains a wealth of information on the international dairy sector. Delegates will hear the latest update from the world of dairy  2017

Speaker: Ms Veronique Pilet

16:30 – 17:00  Dairy Sustainability Framework 

The Dairy Sustainability Framework (DSF) aims to align global ambition on key sustainability issues to regional activity revealing opportunities for development and improvement. The Framework is continuously evolving with delegates being updated on the latest developments.

Tuesday 31st October

Dairy Policy & Economics

Dairy Policy and Economics


The conference will deal with four distinct topics in separate sessions each of which will conclude with a panel discussion with the speakers involved.

Session 1: Trade Policy

Session chair: Gilles Froment, Parmalat Canada

09:00 – 09:25 Dr David Walker, New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the WTO: New Zealand’s experience of Free Trade Agreements.

Whilst the multilateral trade liberalisation process through the WTO has stalled, New Zealand has been foremost amongst dairy nations in negotiating Free Trade Agreements. David Walker will set out New Zealand’s experience of developing these agreements and the impact they have had on the dairy sector in particular.

09:25 – 09:50 Tomas Pietrangeli, Arla Foods: Brexit: Challenges and Opportunities for the UK and the EU.

Brexit will have major implications for both the UK and the EU, but it will also result in the UK pursuing Free Trade Agreements which could impact on milk producing countries around the world. The speaker for this topic will set out the factors influencing the Brexit negotiations, possible outcomes, the potential focus of UK FTAs and impact these may have on the dairy sector.

09:50 – 10:15 Michael Dykes, President and CEO, International Dairy Foods Association: US dairy trade policy: change and continuities

The new Trump administration has put American trade policy in flux, however there are also considerable continuities in the development of US trade policy in agriculture. The speaker will give an insight into US trade policy, describe the factors and institutions shaping agricultural trade negotiations and then discuss the potential implications for dairy.

10:15 – 10:30 Panel Discussion

10:30 – 11:00  Break

Session 2: Volatility

11:00 – 11:25 Professor Charles Nicholson of Pennsylvania State University and Andrew Novakovic of Cornell University: The dairy price cycle: predictability and mitigation strategies

Dairy prices are now clearly volatile, but they also give the appearance of being cyclical. Charles Nicholson will present on evidence for the predictability of the dairy price cycle, possible drivers, and then discuss potential options for the dairy industry to manage the price cycle or mitigate its impact.

11:25 – 11:50 Sascha Siegel, European Energy Exchange: The advantages of futures contracts in addressing price risk in the EU dairy sector

As the market management undertaken through the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy becomes progressively less important and the EU dairy sector is exposed to greater price volatility, then the search for private sector mechanisms to mitigate price risk grows more important. Sascha Siegel will present on the tools made available to the dairy sector to manage price risk by the availability of the dairy futures contracts on the EEX exchange.

11:50 – 12:15 Gerard Calbrix, Association of French Dairy Processors: The limitations of futures contracts in mitigating price risk in the EU dairy industry

Whilst dairy futures contracts clearly play a role in the USA, there are significant structural and operational differences in the EU that may limit their suitability as a price risk management tool. Gerard Calbrix will examine these issues and set out the potential limitations on the use of futures in the EU dairy sector.

12:15 – 12:30  Panel Discussion

12:30 – 14:00  Lunch

Session 3: Industry Development

Session chair: Koos Coetzee, Milk Producers’ Organisation of South Africa

14:00 – 14:25  Torsten Hemme, IFCN: Latest global trends in the evolution of dairy farms

The process of dairy farm restructuring seems inexorable but there are differences in speed and direction around the world. Drawing on the global information network created by IFCN Torsten Hemme will provide an overview of global trends in dairy farm evolution.

14:25 – 14:50  Shri Sangram Chaudhary, Executive Director, National Dairy Development Board of India: Sustainability of small animal holder systems

Whilst the global trend is towards continued farm restructuring, in India the small animal holding is central to the fabric of rural life. Shri Sangram Chaudhary will talk about the challenges faced by small holders and the various initiatives being undertaken in India to help protect and improve their sustainability.

14:50 – 15:15  Andrew Suddes, Genus: The process of dairy farm restructuring in the UK

As with all developed economies, the process of dairy farm restructuring is continuing in the UK. Andrew Suddes will talk about the main drivers of this process in the UK and the factors that both facilitate and impede it.

15:15 – 15:30  Panel Discussion

15:30 – 16:00  Break

Session 4: New Market Opportunities

Session chair: Jay Waldvogel, Dairy Farmers of America

16:00 – 16:25  Yoshinori Suzuki, J-Milk: Market Opportunities in East Asia, a case study from the Japanese Dairy Market

The economic dynamism of East Asia continues to present an enormous growth opportunity for the global dairy sector. Yoshinori Suzuki will present on the drivers behind this growth and, using Japan as an example, the adaptations companies have to make to effectively tap into the diverse markets that make up the region.

16:25 – 16:50  TBC

16:50 – 17:15  Monica Ganley, Principal of Quarterra: Opportunities in South America

The South American dairy industry and market has its own special characteristics and opportunities. Monica Ganley will give an insight into the region whilst focusing on new market opportunities and how they can be accessed, either through trade or by direct investment.

17:15 – 17:30  Panel Discussion


Nutrition Conference


The conference will present recent ‘hot topic’ research from three stages of the life cycle, where dairy makes a real difference to nutrition and health. The conference will conclude with a leader’s forum on big picture issues around sustainable development goals and global malnutrition.

Session 1: Dairy Makes a Difference to Growth and Development – Hot topics in infant and child nutrition

09:00 – 09:05  Introduction from the chair: Yvette Soustre, CNIEL

09:05 – 09:35  Professor Margaret Rayman, University of Surrey, UK: Iodine during pregnancy  

Nutrition survey data from the UK indicates that 26% of girls aged 11 to 18 and 11% of women aged 19 to 64 have iodine intakes below recommendations. The WHO has defined the problem as ‘mild-to-moderate’ in the UK]. Mild-to-moderate deficiency in pregnancy is associated with reduced cognitive scores among children and in pregnancy the strongest dietary predictor of iodine status is milk consumption. Milk and dairy foods are the greatest contributor of iodine to the UK diet. Professor Margaret Rayman will explain the importance of milk and dairy play in providing this often over-looked nutrient, particularly during pregnancy.

09:35 – 10:00  TBC

10:05 – 10:30  Dr David Luyt, University Hospitals of Leicester, UK: Advances in the management of Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (Clinical Perspective)

Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) affects about 0.4% to 2% of infants, and about 85% are in remission by the age of 3 years. However, there are nutritional implications of strict dietary elimination of cow’s milk protein. The management of CMPA is, however, no longer considered ‘open-shut’, and Dr David Luyt will address specific oral tolerance induction – the deliberate controlled exposure of patients to extremely low but progressively increasing doses of cow’s milk protein over a period of weeks or months. The aim is to reduce the immunological sensitivity so that patients can safely consume foods containing cow’s milk protein.

10:30 – 11:00  Break

Session 2: Dairy Makes a Difference to Teen Health and Nutrition

11:00 – 11:05  Introduction from the chair: Mary Anne Burkman, Senior Director, Dairy Council California

11:05 – 11:45  Marianne Smith Edge, formerly The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation, USA: Teenage diets and dairy: reasons why teens turn from dairy, and impact on health

In the UK, about 1 in 5 adolescent girls have intakes of calcium, iodine and riboflavin (Vitamin B2) below dietary recommendations, and the picture is similar internationally. Milk and dairy products are the greatest contributor of these micronutrients to the UK diet. Marianne Smith-Edge will overview the importance of milk and dairy in the teenage diets and the health implications of teens turning away from dairy.

11:45 – 12:15  Dr Moshe Mishali, University of Haifa, Israel: Behavioural aspects of teen dairy avoidance

The reasons why teenagers turn away from dairy appear complex to understand, and even more complex to address. Dr Mishali’s research tries to better understand the nature of resistance to milk consumption and the mind of the consumer, and he will present a six-stage model for enhancing compliance to milk and dairy recommendations.

12:15 – 12:30  Panel Discussion

12:30 – 14:00  Lunch

Session 3: Dairy Makes a Difference to Healthy Ageing

14:00 – 14:05  Introduction from the chair: Maretha Vermaak, Milk SA

14:05 – 14:35  Dr Anthony Fardet, French National Institute for Agriculture Research, France: Dairy and NCD overview

Milk and dairy products, largely on the basis of saturated fat, are often targeted in campaigns against non-communicable chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes (often coined ‘cardiometabolic disease’). However, evidence from very large, statistically powerful cohort studies consistently shows neutral or protective associations between the consumption of milk and dairy and cardiometabolic disease. Dr Anthony Fardet will provide a detailed overview of this evidence.

14:35 – 15:05  Dr Constance Boyer-Gayet, Centre National Interprofessional de l’Economie Laitière, France: Dairy and cognitive function

The population of the UK is growing and ageing, and nutritional science has shifted in recent years towards understanding the role of food in promoting cognitive function and preventing age-related cognitive decline. Dr Constance Boyet will overview the growing evidence-base on milk and dairy consumption and cognitive function.

15:05 – 15:30  Professor Toshiharu Ninomiya, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Kyushu University, Japan: Japanese Perspectives on Dietary Patterns and Dementia

15:30 – 16:00  Break

Session 3: Dairy Makes a Difference to Healthy Ageing (cont’d)

16:00 – 16:40  Professor Sandra Iuliano-Burns, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Australia: Dairy, frailty and sarcopenia

Nutrients from milk and dairy, including calcium, essential amino acids and proteins, have a strong and clear role in the healthy ageing of muscle and bone. Long-term consumption of milk and dairy products may have a role in reducing age-related loss of muscle mass and function (‘sarcopenia’) and reducing the risk of fractures and frailty in older people. Professor Sandra Iuliano will overview the evidence supporting the role of milk and dairy, and constituent nutrients, in this important session.

Session 4: Nutrition and Health Leaders’ Forum

16:45 – 17:30  Speakers TBC

The final session of the day will be the Nutrition Leader’s Forum, addressing how dairy can make a difference to health and wellbeing, and how the dairy industry can help meet the challenge within the sustainable development goals set out by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.



The Marketing conference will have the theme “dairy marketing can make a difference” and will explore a number of issues relevant to dairy marketing.

09:00 – 09:05  Welcome by Chair

Session 1: Dairy Marketing Leaders’ Forum

09:05 – 09:30  Overview of global dairy markets
This session will bring together a number of dairy marketing leaders, each of whom will outline their views on the opportunities and challenges for dairy marketing over the next 5 years.

09:30 – 11:00  Panel Discussion
Chair: Kevin Bellamy, Rabobank
The session will conclude with a panel discussion, which will reflect issues raised by the audience. Those who will participate in this Session include Hanne Søndergaard, (Executive Vice-President Marketing and Innovation, Arla Foods); Jay Waldvogel, Dairy Farmers of America (Senior Vice President of Strategy and Global Development); and Barry Irvin, Executive Chairman, Bega Cheese. Other participants tbc.

11:00 – 11:30  Break

Session 2: Dairy Marketing in the Context of Negative Noise

Chair: Jay Waldvogel, DFA

11:35 – 11:55  Donald Moore, Executive Director, Global Dairy Platform Inc, Chicago: Reflections on World Milk Day 2017.
Engagement in World Milk Day 2017 by the global dairy industry was the largest since WMD was instigated in 2001. A range of actions was undertaken in countries around the world, with the assistance of co-ordination and monitoring social media by Global dairy Platform. Donald Moore will provide an overview of actions that were undertaken and what was achieved, as well as looking forward to WMD 2018.

11:55 – 12:30  Reena Mistry, Edelman: Exploring the negative noise around World Milk Day
From bloggers to campaign groups, negative voices are part of the operating landscape for dairy marketing professionals today. Using insights from last year’s World Milk Day, as well as more recent events, this session explores the behaviour and motivation of the protagonists and the implications for dairy marketing. What strategies can minimise the impact of this negative noise on marketing efforts, and what principles should inform strategies for building trust, maintaining consumer confidence and staying relevant in the long term?

12:30 – 13:00  Panel discussion
This session will conclude with a panel discussion to reflect on the two presentations, and to allow the audience to contribute to the discussion. Facilitated by Jay Waldvogel and panel members will include Donald Moore, Global Dairy Platform; Zoe Kavanagh, CEO National Dairy Council, Ireland; and Laurent Damiens, CNIEL.

13:00 – 14:00  Lunch

Session 3: Sports affinity groups

Chair: Zoe Kavanagh

14:00 – 15:30  Leveraging dairy’s role in sport

Perhaps the biggest challenge in interacting with affinity groups, or tribes, is the development of conversation content so that it remains of interest and relevant, to enable the dialogue to be long term. This session will explore this issue in the context of communication will elite athletes.

1. Dr Sharon Madigan, Nutrition Consultant with the Irish Olympic Team: Nutrition and diet communication with elite athletes
Dr Madigan worked with the Irish Olympic boxing squad at the last two Olympic Games, and will share the insight she has gained in developing meaningful dialogue with elite athletes in relation to nutrition and their diets.
2. Speaker tbc: An Elite Athlete’s Perspective on nutrition and diet communication.
An elite athlete will provide their perspective on the nutrition and dietary information they require, and how best it can be communicated to them.
3. Case study: tbc
A case study will be presented to show how interaction with a sports affinity group can be achieved in practice.

Session 4: IMP Trophy finalists

16:00 – 17:00  IMP Finalists

The 3 finalists will present their campaigns and the winner will be announced at the Gala Dinner on 1 November:
Ireland – “Quality Milk Awards”
Norway – “One nutrient : hundred communication opportunities”
South Africa – “Dairy Gives You Go: Advertising to Teens”

Devenish Lunchtime Symposium

Devenish Lunchtime Symposium

‘From Soil to Society – Nutrients for Health’

Chair – Professor Nigel Scollan
Director of the Institute for Global Food Security, Queen’s University Belfast

Professor Alan Reilly (Former CEO of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and Adjunct Professor at the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science and the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine – now Independent Consultant) – One Health Overview

Dr. Morgan Sheehy – Ruminant Director, Devenish – Soil Heath and Soil Improvement Plan

Professor Rogier Schulte (Professor of Farming Systems Ecology, Wageningen University) – Environmental Health

Dr. Morgan Sheehy (Ruminant Director, Devenish) – Animal Health

Professor Alice Stanton (Professor in Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics and Vice-Dean/ Director of Intermediate Cycle, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland/Devenish) – Impact on Human Health

Session summary:

With a growing world population to reach 9 billion people by 2050, sustainable food production is very important. As such, the Devenish strategy, ‘One Health, From Soil to Society, focuses on the importance of optimising nutrient utilisation in soil, plant, animal, environmental and human health, as key and interlinked components of the value chain.

The value chain begins with soil and all levels in the chain must be sustainable. The Devenish 3-step Soil Improvement Programme, delivered in partnership with Thomson & Joseph, optimises nutrient availability from soil, to grow more forage and higher quality forage. The key nutrients in the soil are then passed to the animal, via feed, which ultimately impacts positively on animal and consumer health.

Turning to food nutrients and using the example of omega-3’s, only 20% of the world’s population is adequately supplied. These essential fats help to maintain normal heart, brain and vision function and must be provided by diet.  People with adequate levels of omega-3 are 50% less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke.

Food nutrients promote good health and prevent ill health.  Prevention is always better than cure, allowing scarce resources to be applied to healthcare when ill health occurs.  A marriage of agriculture and health therefore seems logical.

The farmer is central to delivering health promoting nutrients in food products, produced directly from the soil, for example fruit, vegetables and grain, along with products of the soil, for example grass and grain, right through to society, that is the consumer.

We must improve soil, plant, animal, human and environmental health, to develop sustainable operating models for the future of farming, food production and consumer health.




‘Being courageous and maintaining self-belief’

As part of a global and ever evolving industry, dairy farmers need to continually adapt and identify new opportunities if they are to remain competitive. But what characteristics make dairy leaders successful? And how do they maintain self-belief and the conviction to embrace change in uncertain times?

In this 90 minute session you’ll hear from two excellent speakers who will talk about what it takes to be courageous and share a real world example of how a pivotal decision created a thriving and modern success story:

  • Jack Russell – Founder & Director of PDC Inspiration ltd and author of ‘Don’t tell the Bumblebee’
  • Bill Clarke – Owner of Trewithen Dairy

The event is brought to you by AHDB DairyLeader which aims to provide inspiration and intellectual challenge to develop farmers, their business and our industry.

Time/ venue – 6.00pm to 7.30pm Tuesday 31 October (before the Farmers Dinner, sponsored by Dale Farm, which must be booked and paid for separately)

How to book – the event is free to attend. Simply register your place by emailing

Wednesday 1st November

Bartec Benke Breakfast Symposium

Bartec Benke Breakfast Symposium


The TIGER and LYNX milk measurement and sampling systems for milk collection trucks.

Technological advances in – no carry over – milk sampling and avoidance of milk volume errors due to air ingress.


Having been active in the milk measurement and sampling business for decades, BARTEC has recognized the global need and has solved the important issue of milk sampling carry-over from one farmer to the next, in the on-truck milk sampling procedure. Using a peristaltic pump and self purging & cleaning mechanisms, BARTEC sampling technology is able to completely separate the milk samples between producers.

Along with this development, BARTEC has – employing patented air bubble sensor technology – also eliminated the factor of air ingress affecting measurement accuracy, while taking on the milk at the farm gate. We are the only company worldwide that is not only able to detect air ingress in milk, but to also measure and quantify  this ingress, MID weights & measures certified.

Both of these developments have allowed dairies and farmers alike to reach a formerly unknown degree of accuracy in milk quality and quantity measurement.

Food Safety

Food Safety Conference


The conference will explore key timely topics related to food safety in dairy products. Three varied scientific sessions will be followed by a Leaders’ Forum where industry leaders and other key authoritative figures in the area of food safety will answer questions from the audience.

Session 1: Food authenticity in dairy

09:00 – 09:05 Welcome by Chair: Luisa Candido, Dairy UK

09:05 – 09:35  Prof Chris Elliott, Queen’s University Belfast: Overview of food authenticity (keynote speaker)

World-renowned Prof Chris Elliott will provide the keynote speech for the first session and introduce the topic of food authenticity, with a particular focus on the relevance for dairy products and the challenges the sector faces today and is likely to face in the future.

09:35 – 09:55  Dr Steve Holroyd, Fonterra: Food authenticity in dairy – a New Zealand perspective

A talk outlining the key activities carried out by Fonterra for ensuring food authenticity in dairy products. Delegates can expect to receive information on state of the art controls for guaranteeing the integrity of food.

09:55 – 10:15  Mr Paul Brereton, Fera: Food authenticity in dairy – a European perspective

This presentation will cover food authenticity in dairy from a UK perspective and will provide the audience with information on recent successes of the British diagnostic sector and on recommended improvements for the future.

10:15 – 10:30  Prof Yujun Jiang, Northeast Agricultural University: Food authenticity in dairy – a Chinese perspective

Similar to previous ones, this talk also aims to provide a regional perspective on food authenticity in dairy, including the challenges faced by the Chinese dairy sector and current initiatives underway.

10:30 – 11:00  Break

Session 2: Genomics and dairy

11:00 – 11:05 Welcome by Chair: John Allan, International Dairy Foods Association

11:05 – 11:35  Dr Hilde Kruse, FAO: Use of whole genome sequencing for food safety and its limitations (keynote speaker)

Our distinguished guest Dr Hilde Kruse, from the Food and Agriculture Organization, will provide the keynote speech for the second session and discuss the findings of FAO’s technical report on whole genome sequencing and its applications in the area of food safety.

11:35 – 11:55  Dr Kieran Jordan, Teagasc: Omics and dairy, including practical challenges in the lab

The area of omics is evolving and offering increasing opportunities to the dairy sector for controlling and ensuring food safety. But how practical are these solutions and what are the problems encountered or likely to be encountered in the lab?

11:55 – 12:15  Dr Corinne Amar, Public Health England: Case Study – application of whole-genome sequencing for the control of listeria in dairy products

A practical example of how whole genome sequencing is currently being applied routinely in the UK for the control of listeria growth in food. Benefits and limitations will be covered in this presentation to offer a balanced view of the current application of this technology.

12:15 – 12:30  Prof Jeroen De Buck, University of Calgary: Application of whole genome sequencing for AMR

Combining two of the timeliest topics for the dairy industry, this presentation aims to demonstrate the useful application of whole genome sequencing for the identification of antimicrobial resistant genes.

12:30 – 14:00  Lunch

Session 3: The future for contaminants in dairy

14:00 – 14:05  Welcome by Chair: Choreh Farrokh, CNIEL

14:05 – 14:35  Dr Karin Kraehenbuehl, Nestle: Chemical Contaminants in Milk – Trends and New Concerns (keynote speaker)

Our keynote speaker for session 3, Dr Karin Kraehenbuehl, is a leading expert in the area of contaminants in dairy products. Her presentation will provide a useful overview on trends and emerging concerns. How should the global dairy sector respond?

14:35 – 14:55  Dr Bert Popping, FOCOS: Allergens

A talk exploring the importance of allergen management in dairy production and providing the latest updates from the regulatory sphere and on tools available to industry for ensuring allergen contamination is kept under control.

14:55 – 15:15  Dr Herve Lafforgue, Danone: Biocide residues in dairy products

The European regulatory landscape for chlorate residues in food is changing dramatically and this presentation aims to provide delegates with the full picture of changes and the challenges the industry should expect to face in the future.

15:15 – 15:30  Dr Christian Baumgartner, MPR Bayern: Validation of screening methods for antibiotic residues

Antibiotics are at the top of the food industry’s agenda and appropriate screening methods are essential for the detection of residual substances in milk and dairy products. This talk will provide delegates with information on the latest technologies available for screening of antibiotic residues in food.

15:30 – 16:00  Break

Session 4: Food Safety Leaders’ Forum

The Conference’s three keynote speakers and three other leaders in the area of food safety will answer questions by the audience in an engaging and challenging Q&A session. Prof Chris Elliott (QUB), Dr Hilde Kruse (FAO) and Dr Karin Kraehenbuehl (Nestle) will be joined by Dr Steven Gendel (US Pharmacopeia) and Francois Bourdichon (IDF AT Leader on Update of Inventory of Microbial Food Cultures) and one other participant is to be confirmed.

Animal Health and Welfare

Animal Health and Welfare


The conference will deal with three topics: Health and Welfare, Breeding Technology and Disease Control, and then conclude with a workshop session.

Session 1: Health and Welfare

09:05 – 09:25  Luc Mirabito, OIE and IDF: The OIE outcome-based standard on dairy cow welfare: An example of its application on farm
The practical use of the Animal Welfare Index in a farm environment is a powerful tool to demonstrate good animal husbandry. Luc Maribito will elaborate on the index, its application on farm and the lessons that can be learnt from its use.

09:30 – 09:50  Prof Marie Haskell, SRUC: Cow personality and behaviour traits and how they relate to health and welfare
Cow personality and behavioural traits have a direct impact on herd health and welfare. Marie Haskell will describe significant cow traits and how they can be selected and managed to achieve optimum health and welfare outcomes.

09:55 – 10:15 Dr Jennifer B Walker, Dean Foods: Animal welfare and the consumer
Consumer attitudes to animal welfare are becoming increasingly important in managing industry reputation and shaping consumption trends. The speaker will examine the evolution of consumer attitudes, how they affect the industry and the types of strategies being developed in response.

10:15 – 10:30  Q&A Session

10:30 – 11:00  Break

Session 2: Breeding Technology

11:05 – 11:25  Dr Trygve Solberg, Geno: Breeding and genetics for a sustainable and robust cow. The impact and value of improving genetics
Breeding and genetics provide the industry with a variety of routes to improve the sustainability of the dairy herd. The speaker will use the examples of reduced somatic cell counts, improved longevity and the introduction of polling to demonstrate practical applications of the latest techniques.

11:30 – 11:50  Dr Jason Osterstock, Zoetis: Making use of genetic data to make a difference in dairy
Advances in genetics are making far more information available to farmers. Jason Osterstock will explain how it can be utilised in conjunction with available genetic techniques to develop the dairy cow of the future.

11:55 – 12:15  Dr Katie Olson, ABS Global: Gene editing and its role in dairy
Gene editing is a rapidly advancing technology that holds great potential for the future. Katie Olson will explain the technique, the practical advantages it provides to dairy farmers and its potential benefits in the future.

12:15 – 12:30  Q&A Session

12:30 – 14:00  Lunch

Session 3: Disease Control

14:05 – 14:25  Dr Matthew Stone, OIE: The global view on disease, eradication and control
Disease control is an issue that affects the entire global dairy industry. Dr Matthew Stone will provide a global perspective on efforts to eradicate, control and manage disease challenges around the world.

14:30 – 14:50  Prof Ann Lindberg, Swedish National Veterinary Institute: The control and eradication of BVD in Scandinavia
Identifying and implementing the right strategy for the control and eradication of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea is a significant challenge for the dairy sector. Ann Lindberg will present on the differences between using voluntary and compulsory measures to eradicate the disease in Scandinavia.

14:55 – 15:15  Dr Jolanda Jensen: Reset the mindset. Getting farmer buy-in to disease prevention and control
For any national industry tackling specific diseases fundamentally requires changing the mindset of a diverse population of dairy farmers. The speaker will present on the use of social science techniques to get the best take up of disease control on the ground.

15:15 – 15:30  Q&A Session

15:30 – 16:00  Break

Session 4: Workshop: Keeping Dairy Cattle Welfare Assessment Practical in partnership with Eurodairy

16:05 – 16:25  Pernilla Olsson (Vaxa) and Kjell Sandahl (Dairy farmer): Improving welfare in Sweden with ‘Ask the cow’

16:30 – 16:50  Gerrit Hegen (Veterinary Advisor) and Marten Knol (Dairy farmer): Welfare monitor: Practical assessment of dairy cows in the Netherlands

16:55 – 17:15  Jess Sloss (Red Tractor) and Angela Rhodes (Dairy farmer): Successful roll-out of welfare outcome measures in the Red Tractor Assurance Dairy Scheme, UK

17:15 – 17:30  Q&A Session

Dairy Science and Technology

Dairy Science and Technology Conference


The conference will explore different aspects of the dairy matrix and the opportunities associated with it. Three scientific sessions will be followed by a Leaders’ Forum where R&D managers from around the world will discuss the commercial application of the science and their vision for the future.

Session 1: The dairy matrix

The chairs are: Dr Diarmuid Sheehan (Teagasc), Dr Milena Corredig (Gay Lea Foods), Dr Iraz Alper (DuPont).

09:00 – 09:25  Dr David Everett, California Polytechnic State University: Milk – more than just a collection of nutrients (incl interspecies comparison).

An introduction to the benefits of the dairy matrix, which is more than just a collection of nutrients and delivers a benefit above and beyond its nutritional components. This presentation will explore the unique characteristics of the dairy matrix and the reasons behind its composition.

09:25 – 09:50  Dr Christelle Lopez, INRA: Milk fat globules

Within the dairy matrix, milk fat globules play a crucial role. How do they interact with other components of the matrix and what opportunities do they offer the dairy industry in terms of new product development.

09:50 – 10:15  Prof John Lucey, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Milk proteins

A presentation exploring the unique features of proteins within the dairy matrix and their crucial role in enhancing the nutritional value of dairy products. Opportunities for future dairy ingredients will also be discussed.

10:15 – 10:30  Poster Abstract Presentation – Dr Niloufar Rafiee Tari (University of Guelph): Effect of the milk protein matrix on in vivo and in vitro digestion behaviour and physiological responses of model infant formula

10:30 – 11:00  Break

Session 2: Dairy processing and its impact on the matrix

Chair: Milena Corredig

11:00 – 11:25  Dr Thom Huppertz, NIZO: From milk to dairy products and ingredients – the expected and the unexpected

A close look at how the processing of milk into dairy products and ingredients has an effect on the matrix, creating expected and unexpected changes. The presentation will also explore how the dairy industry can harness these changes.

11:25 – 11:50  Prof Alan Kelly, University College Cork: How innovations in existing processing affect the matrix

As the dairy industry grows and evolves, it is crucial to be aware of how innovations in existing processing techniques affect the dairy matrix. How can innovation be coupled with high nutritional value?

11:50 – 12:15 Prof Richard Ipsen, University of Copenhagen: TBC

As a follow-up to the previous talk, this presentation explores the effect of novel technologies on the dairy matrix and how these technologies can be used to produce wholesome and nutritious dairy foods.

12:15 – 12:30  Poster Abstract Presentation – Maria Karlsson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences: Variation in composition and properties of milk for UHT processing

12:30 – 14:00  Lunch

Session 3: Digestibility and delivery of nutrients

Chair: Iraz Alper

14:00 – 14:25  Dr Didier Dupont, INRA: Dairy food structures influence the rates of nutrient digestion

The unique structure of the dairy matrix influences how individual nutrients are delivered to the human body and metabolised: a very interesting talk focusing on dairy structures and their effect on rates of nutrient digestion.

14:25 – 14:50  Dr Guy Vergères, Agroscope: Fermented fresh dairy products – Impact of milk fermentation on gut and blood composition

This presentation will focus on the effect of milk and yogurt on key indicators within the human body related to human metabolism and the gut microbiome, using omics-markers measured during scientific trials.

14:50 – 15:15  Professor Tsukasa Matsuda, Nagoya University: Metabolites in dairy – before and after consumption

Following on from previous talks within the session, this presentation will highlight the changes in metabolites within the body which are the result of consumption of dairy products. Further information on this talk will be available once the speaker is confirmed.

15:15 – 15:30  Poster Abstract Presentation – Richard Ipsen (Department of Food Science, University of Copenhagen): Functionality of milk protein ingredients in fermented dairy products as affected by processing

15:30 – 16:00  Break

Session 4: Dairy Science and Technology Leaders’ Forum

16:00 – 17:00  Commercial applications of science and vision for the future

Jeremy Hill (Fonterra) will facilitate this roundtable discussion in which three R&D managers from around the world (Europe, America and Asia) will discuss the commercial applications of the science and their vision for the future of new dairy products and ingredients. Participants of this session will be Dr Alexander Tolkach (Saputo), Dr Margrethe Jonkman (FrieslandCampina) and Mr Michio Ikeda (Morinaga).

Thursday 2nd November




The conference will successively examine sustainability initiatives at the dairy farming, processing and retail levels and conclude with a Leaders’ Forum at the end of the day.

Session 1: Dairy Farming

Session chair: Ying Wang, Dairy Management Inc

09:00 – 09:30  Hanne Bang Bligaard, ArlaFoods: Initiatives by ArlaFoods and its members to improve the sustainability of dairy farming in Europe.

ArlaFoods, which represents a sizeable portion of EU milk production in its own right, has developed a number of initiatives to improve the sustainability of its dairy farmer members. Hanne Bang Bligaard will present on these initiatives and the potential benefits they will deliver to the sustainability of dairy farming.

09:30 – 10:00  Dr Sanjeewa Ranathunga, of University of Wisconsin and Sandra Vijn, World Wildlife Fund: Dairy Production in the United States and its effects on resource utilization and the environment by 2050

Wisconsin University is working with the World Wildlife Fund to study the impact of the expected growth in US dairy production. The study assesses industry structure and resource utilisation against a number of growth scenarios and results will include exploration of the relative contribution of various technological innovations to improving efficiency.

10:00 – 10:30  Robert Bryson, Northern Ireland Dairy Farmer: Sustainability: the experience of a Northern Ireland dairy farmer

The pursuit of sustainability by dairy farmers in Northern Ireland presents its own unique challenges and opportunities. Robert Bryson, an established dairy farmer from the region, will share the approach he has taken on his farm through various investment and management practices to work towards achieving a sustainable dairy farm.

Session 2: Processing

Session chair: Jaap Petraeus,

11:00 – 11:30  Christoph Glasner, Fraunhofer UMSICHT, SUSMILK: New concepts and technologies for sustainable processing

Susmilk, which is a multi-national collaborative industry project, seeks to analyse and optimise the whole process chain with regard to energy and water consumption to re-design the dairy industry for sustainable milk processing. Christoph Glasner will present on the new concepts and technologies identified by the project for the supply of heat and cold as well as other measures that aim at maximising water and energy savings to deliver on the ‘green dairy’ concept.

11:30 – 12:00  Lilly Li, Tetra Pak: Total Cost of Ownership Approach to Sustainable Investment

The multifaceted nature of sustainability means that processors need to have the tools available to fully evaluate the sustainability of investment decisions. Lilly Li will present on the methodology developed by Tetra Pak using four concrete examples.

12:00 – 12:30  Martin Scuccimarri and Prunelle Paquette of Saputo: Green and Lean Management Pilot Project

Milk processors face a similar challenge in devising methodologies that balance productive efficiency with environmental benefits. The speakers will elaborate on the Green and Lean Management Pilot Project trialled by Saputo.

Session 3: Retailing

Speakers 7 to 9 will present on the various approaches being used by major retailers to address the sustainability of the dairy supply chain including the experience of one major UK retailer.

Session chair: Brian Lindsay, Global Dairy Framework

14:00 – 14:30  Dr Leon Mol, Ahold Delhaize; The approach taken by Ahold Delhaize to improving the sustainability of the dairy supply chain

As a world-leading food retailer with 6,500 stores worldwide and 370,000 people serving 50 million customers a week, for Ahold Delhaize staying at the forefront of sustainable retailing raises its own unique challenges. Dr Mol will set out the range of initiatives undertaken by the company to meet this challenge in its dairy supply chain.

14:30 – 15:00  Duncan Sinclair, Waitrose: The Waitrose approach to the sustainability of dairy farming

The UK retailer Waitrose has been in the forefront of working with farmers to tackle sustainability. Duncan Sinclair will expand on the approach taken by this innovative and market leading retailer in working with dairy farmers.

15:00 – 15:30  To be confirmed

16:00 – 17:30  Leaders’ Forum

The conference will conclude with a Leaders’ Forum that will draw upon the speakers presenting throughout the day and provide an opportunity for the delegates in engage in an interactive debate.

Farm Management

Farm Management


The conference will deal with Data and Technology, Animals, and Managing People, and then conclude with a Leaders’ Forum which will focus on the challenges for dairy farming over the next 50 years.

Session 1: Data and Technology

09:05 – 09:25  Nick Evans, Proagrica f4f: Big data, using the information to make a difference in dairy
The data available to dairy farmers is increasing all the time. Nick Evans will present on how farmers can filter and process this information to give them the management tools they require.

09:30 – 09:50  Dr Bernadette O’Brien, Moorepark, Teagasc: Precision technologies for pasture management
New technology is becoming available to enable precision management of pasture. Bernadette O’Brien will explain the tools available now and what can be expected in the future.

09:55 – 10:15  Duncan Forbes, Kingshay: The dairy farm of the future
Technological innovations will provide an enormous spectrum of possibilities for dairy farming in the future. The speaker will present on the new projects that are being developed to trial and demonstrate the tools needed to farm over the next 50 years.

10:15 – 10:30  Q&A Session

10:30 – 11:00  Break

Session 2: Animals

11:05 – 11:25  Eddie Daly, Keenan Intouch Agri: Making use of Big Data to support the feeding of cows around the world

11:30 – 11:50  David Harvey, Land O Lakes: The challenges of growing milk production in developing countries
Developing countries present a wide diversity of challenges that dairy farmers have to operate in. The speaker will present on the particular challenges this may pose in a number of example case studies.

11:55 – 12:15  Ian Lindsay, LKL: Managing cows in challenging environments
The speaker will present on how to get the best out of dairy herds wherever they might be in the world.

12:15 – 12:30  Q&A Session

12:30 – 14:00  Lunch

Session 3: Managing People

14:05 – 14:30  Neil Wilson, HSBC: The dynamics of a developing business

14:35 – 15:05  Paul Harris, Real Success: People management
Developing businesses often grow faster than the management. These presentations will look at the pitfalls, challenges and opportunities of getting the best out of people in your business.

15:05 – 15:30  Q&A Session

15:30 – 16:00  Break

Session 4: Looking to the future

16:05 – 16:45  Mark Feight, International Agribusiness Group: The risks and opportunities for dairy farming in the next 50 years

16:45 – 17:00  Q&A Session


Antimicrobial Resistance


The conference will examine the issue of Antimicrobial Resistance, its relevance to the dairy industry and the initiatives being developed to tackle the problem.

Session chair: Dr Robin Condron

09:00 – 09:30  Dr Shabbir Simjee, Elanco: Antibiotic Resistance; An Overview

The science behind AMR and the mechanisms by which antibiotic use in livestock farming can actually affect human health are not widely understood. Shabbir Simjee will present on the bacteria that are causing the challenge, the antibiotics used to manage them, the meaning of antibiotic resistance and how it is measured whilst concluding with the importance of using risk assessments to make regulatory and policy decisions.

09:30 – 10:00  Nigel Gibbens, UK Chief Veterinary Officer: The UK and AMR

The UK Government has pledged itself to undertake a leading role in tackling AMR. Nigel Gibbens will present on how the UK Government sees the role of the livestock sector, what strategies and initiatives it will seek the sector to put in place and the activity the UK Government will be undertaking at the global level.

10:00 – 10:30  Professor Ulf Magnusson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences: Challenges faced by developing countries

AMR is an issue that requires concerted action at a global level, however the challenges faced by developing countries are diverse and complex. Drawing upon the experiences of a range of countries Professor Ulf Magnusson will present on the knowledge and challenges related to antimicrobial resistance in these countries with particular reference to the dairy sector.

11:00 – 11:30  Dr. SK Rana, Scientist, National Dairy Development Board of India: Minimising medicine residues in raw milk

Distinct from but nevertheless strongly related to the issue of AMR is the challenge of minimising medicine residues in milk. This problem can be particularly challenging when production is fragmented over many small animal holdings. Dr Rana will present on the systems being operated in India to prevent the carryover of drugs to raw milk.

11:30 – 12:00 To Be Confirmed: Initiatives by International Organisations

Presentations will be given on the major initiatives being undertaken by international organisations relevant to the dairy sector.

12:00 – 12:30  Leaders’ Forum

The conference will conclude with a Leaders’ Forum that will draw upon the speakers presenting throughout the session and provide an opportunity for the delegates in engage in an interactive debate.

Emerging Topics

Emerging topics Conference


This half-day conference will explore key emerging areas of interest to the dairy industry and will provide delegates with a fresh look at the most recent research associated with these.

Session 1: 3D Food Printing (chaired by Dr David Everett, California Polytechnic State University)

14:00 – 14:30  Prof Alan Kelly, University College Cork: 3D Food Printing 1

When food production meets ground-breaking technology: how 3D food printing is continuing to develop and how the dairy industry can make the most of this unique opportunity. Further information on the talk will be available soon.

14:30 – 15:00  Prof Richard Archer, Massey University: 3D Food Printing 2

A presentation complementing and enriching the previous talk: more information to follow.

Session 2: Cyber security (chaired by Dr David Everett, California Polytechnic State University)

15:00 – 15:30  Paul Hingley, Siemens: Cyber Security

A timely talk exploring the dangers and risks associated with cyber systems and outlining how food companies can protect their businesses through robust and smart cyber security. Examples of how different companies are responding to cyber threat will be presented.

15:30 – 16:00  Break

Session 3: Additives (chaired by Aurelie Dubois, IDF)

16:00 – 16:30  Christian Bruun Kastrup, Danish Dairy Board: Role of Food Additives in Delivering Dairy Product Functionality and Consumer Acceptance

An overview talk discussing the importance of food additives in enhancing dairy product functionality and in delivering nutritious products which are successful on the market and accepted by consumers worldwide.

16:30 – 17:00  Allen Sayler, EAS Consulting Group: Challenges and impediments in international trade related to dairy food additives – Codex

A comprehensive look at how international trade of dairy food additives is affected by challenges and impediments. Delegates can expect to be brought up to speed with how the dairy additives sector has evolved and the challenges it faces today.

Friday 3rd November

Technical Tours

IDF World Dairy Summit Technical Tours

As part of the overall IDFWDS programme, a series of technical tours have been arranged for Friday, 3rd November. Below is a list of the tours available to book. The price is £50 per person, which includes transport from Waterfront to the tour destination and back, refreshments and lunch. Please click on the tours below for further details on each programme

Please note: There are minimum number requirements for these tours, and IDF WDS 2017 reserves the right to cancel any tours if the minimum numbers are not met. Any cancellation notices will be issued, along with a full refund 2 weeks before tour departures.

Please note: Tour programmes are subject to change

Tour 1: Product Concept to Market Reality

Venue: CAFRE Loughry Campus

Tour 2: Advanced Food Safety and Quality

Venue: Institute for Global Food Security, Queen’s University

Tour 3: From Dairy Research to Farm Practice

Venue: AFBI-Hillsborough

Tour 4: What’s New in Dairy, Nutrition and Health

Venue: The Northern Ireland Centre for Food, Nutrition and Health (NICHE) Ulster University Coleraine Campus

Tour 5: Knowledge, Business and Technology Exchange – Applying Science

Venue: Greenmount Campus, CAFRE

Tour 6: Technical Tour to the Devenish Lands at Dowth: Optimising nutrient and grass utilisation

Venue: Research and Heritage Farm, Boyne Valley

Our Exceptional Partners Programme

Connect with friends and colleagues, old and new, on our Partnership Programme

Social programme / Read More

Our Exceptional Partners Programme

Connect with friends and colleagues, old and new, on our Partnership Programme

Social programme / + Read More

Twitter updates

Stay in touch with the latest updates to IDFWDS2017 with our dedicated Twitter Feed

Social media/ + Read More

An Award-Winning Conference Centre

Belfast Waterfront is an award-winning conference, arts and entertainment centre. It holds a range of events including concerts, exhibitions and conferences.

Waterfront / + Read More

Special thanks to our partners

Platinum partner