View this email online
Logo Twitter
January 17, 2023
UK - Three finalists shortlisted for prestigious Royal Dairy Innovation Award
The three finalists shortlisted will be vying for the prestigious title when it is judged at this year's Dairy-Tech event on 1 February at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. The finalists have been selected from more than 25 entries made by an online submission to the RABDF.
The Award sponsored by the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Livestock (CIEL) is presented to a company exhibiting at this year's Dairy-Tech with a practical product or service, which is likely to be the most significant innovation for the future of dairying.
This year's finalist includes:
SmaXtec- TruDrinking- a first-of-its-kind bolus that measures the water consumption of cows and can immediately detect irregularities in water provision or cow health. The bolus also records inner body temperature, rumination and activity, giving it the ability to highlight any possible health issues in the cows long before visible signs may appear.
UFAC- Envirolac- A proven palm-free fat supplement for high-yielding dairy cows. The product has been proven to increase milk yields and quality while offering a lower carbon footprint than palm-oil-based fat supplements. It is designed to increase dietary energy density while optimising rumen fermentation and prime liver function to increase milk yield and constituents and improve cow health and fertility.
HerdVision- Auto Mobility & BCS- provides real-time data on the health and nutrition of a herd. Using a small digital camera positioned above a race, 3D images are captured and fed back live by integrating with an intelligent online monitoring system. Data is delivered directly to the users' phone or tablet - supporting daily management decisions.
The three finalists will be asked to present their product at Dairy-Tech to a panel of independent judges at 9:45am on the Innovation Hub. This judges are dairy farmer and competition chair Tim Downes, CIEL's Head of Innovation Dr Mark Young and Michael Halliwell, Commercial Director of last year's winning product, Cattle Eye.
The winner will be announced at 15:55 pm on the Innovation Hub and will receive a signed framed certificate and trophy from the Princess Royal later this year.
This year's Dairy-Tech will showcase more than 85 new products and services, with 300 exhibitors taking to the floor at Stoneleigh Park on 1st February. For more information and to book your tickets, visit
UK - Finding a way to finance nature
Markets for carbon, biodiversity and other environmental services are widely expected to grow in the coming years. But given the infancy of such markets, there is still tremendous uncertainty about how they will operate. To help address such concerns, Ecosystems Knowledge Network (EKN), a UK-wide independent knowledge hub, is undertaking a review to understand the opportunities and challenges associated with nature finance.
The review, which will include a survey and consultation and will be repeated annually, aims to provide a UK-wide view of this area of enterprise. It is designed to help nature projects and those wishing to support them.
The term 'nature finance' describes the emerging opportunities for those who look after land, water and nature to attract new sources of revenue and investment from these markets and other private sources, says Henry Crabb, nature-based finance specialist at EKN. "Currently, we have little idea of the growth of projects engaged in nature finance," he explains. "In what some call the 'wild west', there are clearly opportunities, but their procurement has been unclear and projects are often working in isolation beyond national grant support."
To gain a better understanding of the current opportunities and challenges to project development, EKN will be carrying out a campaign from 12 January to 10 February. Its 5-10 minute survey will cover the types of revenue stream under consideration, steps towards investment readiness, and the sort of organisations involved. The survey aims to review the state of the nature finance project pipeline in the UK, and will monitor opportunities and challenges to project development in subsequent reviews. It will also help to understand the avenues through which projects can secure private finance to complement philanthropic or public revenue. In addition, it will evidence annual progress made by project developers to access nature finance to deliver social and environmental objectives.
As well as the survey, there will be consultations with public, philanthropic, third and voluntary sectors and community-based initiatives.
A report, the 2023 Nature Finance Review, will be published in April, bringing together the survey and consultation work.
UK - Vegan group promises £1million donation to charity... if Rishi Sunak takes up plant-based diet for a month
A vegan group has challenged Rishi Sunak to go on a plant-based diet for a month - and said it will donate £1million to charity if he accepts.
Generation Vegan (GenV) has urged the Prime Minister to 'consider our sincere offer and lead the UK towards a more sustainable and promising future'. The stunt coincides with 'Veganuary', when many people give up meat and dairy during January for the sake of animal welfare or to help curb climate change.
Sunak did not comment on GenV's challenge. But during the Tory leadership race last year he tweeted: 'My constituency [Richmond in North Yorkshire] is home to hundreds of beef and lamb farmers and I am committed to supporting the fantastic industry they represent. 'People's food choices are their own. I would lead a government that champions our livestock farmers at home and abroad.'
The tweet attracted controversy in India as The Prime Minister is a Hindu and cows are considered sacred in the religion and are not to be eaten. The Climate Change Committee, an official body which advises the Government, has recommended a 20% reduction in meat and dairy by 2030 and 35% reduction for meat by 2050, eating better meat and plant-based alternatives.
GenV was formerly known as Million Dollar Vegan. The group challenged Pope Francis in 2019 to go vegan for Lent in return for a cash payment to charity, as well as issuing a similar challenge to President Donald Trump in 2020, which the charity called 'Make America Healthy Again'. Neither the pope nor the president took up the offer.
Win a bumper prize pack with Bonanza
Simply, pop along and visit Bonanza Calf Nutrition at Dairy-Tech - stand number B94 - and be in with a chance to win a bumper prize bundle including a Brix refractometer, calf scour test kit and a bag of Bonanza calf milk replacer of your choice.
"Refractometers are easy to use to measure colostrum quality, something that is very helpful to understand in the first few hours of a calf's life, as well as having an added bonus of confirming the concentration of mixed milk replacer" says Bonanza's Dr Christine Cummins. "The scour test kit is a calf-side kit that gives results on the causes of scour in just 10 minutes. The kit can identify key pathogens such as rotavirus, coronavirus, E. coli K99 or Cryptosporidium parvum and most people who have used them say how helpful they are and would recommend to other farmers."
The competition will also be running during the week of Dairy-Tech on the Bonanza and CalfChat social media platforms.
UK - Dairy farmers unite to help Jersey's stricken Woodlands herd
Farmers are pulling together to help with plans to restore a leading herd that was devastated by the loss of more than 100 cows last month. Philip Le Maistre, Chairman of the Island's Milk Marketing Board, said that farmers were working collectively with the organisation to help Woodlands Farm in St Helier. Around 80% of the high-yielding 'group A' herd at Woodlands died over the course of a few days in mid-December, with the cause of the deaths still being investigated.
Le Maistre said the plans focused on sourcing replacement animals from other Jersey herds. "You can't import cattle to the Island, so we are looking at what surplus young stock can be provided from other dairy farms. We are seeking to co-ordinate this with Woodlands Farm in order to match their needs - you need to have a spread of births across the year."
In recent years some surplus cattle have been exported, Le Maistre said, but the focus would now be on rebuilding the herd. "We've spoken to quite a lot of people in the industry and we hope every farm will help out," he added. "We are a co-operative at the end of the day, and each farm has a stake in Jersey Dairy, so it is in all our interests to see Woodlands' herd recover. The support shown by farmers at the time of the incident was phenomenal - if there's anything good that's come out of this it's that everyone has worked together and all committed to support each other and do everything we can to help [Woodlands] bounce back as quickly as possible."
It was estimated that cows at Woodlands Farm produced an annual average of around 7,600 litres of milk per animal, compared to an average Island figure of 6,000.
UK - AHDB proud to support the British Cattle Breeding Conference in January 2023
AHDB will once again be supporting the British Cattle Breeding Conference - organised by the British Cattle Breeders Club - as a headline sponsor for the event which takes place at Telford Hotel & Golf Resort Monday 23 - Wednesday 25 January 2023. The conference is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and will focus on the theme of 'Challenging Traditions' with a programme designed to challenge thinking and promote discussion around how the industry can compete in the global marketplace. Wednesday 25 will be the dairy day with speakers from across the industry hosting sessions.
Asia - Japan's dairy farming industry struggling amid rising costs and production cuts
Japanese dairy farmers are in an increasingly tough situation, hit hard by rising production costs blamed partly on higher prices of formula feed for milk cows since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Also battered by production cuts for raw milk after past oversupply, a growing number of dairy farmers are quitting the business.
An industry organization in Hokkaido, one of the biggest production areas for dairy goods in Japan, has decided to cut production for 2023, stoking concerns over impacts on local dairy farmers. According to data from the agriculture ministry, the number of dairy producers across the nation as of Feb. 1 was down 4.3% year on year, at 13,300. Hokkaido, which accounts for more than 50% of Japan's raw milk production by volume, had 5,560 producers, down 2.8%. The nationwide number has been falling around 4% annually over the past 20 years or so. "This year (in Hokkaido), close to 200 dairy producers have already withdrawn from or decided to pull the plug on their businesses," a local industry official said, pointing out that many of them have been struggling not only to deal with higher feed costs and production cuts but also to repay loans they took on in the past, to expand butter-making facilities in order to address supply shortages.
Based on an agreement reached in negotiations with dairy producers in response to the situation, a Hokkaido dairy industry association raised the wholesale prices of raw milk for drinking starting with shipments last November. They are still negotiating on the price of raw milk for processed goods such as butter and cheese, which accounts for about 80% of all dairy products made in Hokkaido. The government has adopted support measures such as subsidizing feed costs, and also decided to raise fiscal 2023 grants for producers of raw milk for making processed dairy foods by the second-biggest margin on record.
A senior official at a dairy producer said that there is a high possibility of a rise in demand for domestically produced raw milk for products such as cheese, while noting that imports have a share of more than 30% in the Japanese dairy market. The official also pinned hopes on growth in dairy exports, saying, "Japanese (dairy) brands are very highly rated in (other) East Asian countries."
UK - British centenary for DeLaval
Dairy equipment specialist DeLaval has traded in Britain for 100 years following the company's establishment in Sweden 130 years ago by founder Gustav de Laval. Some dealerships in the UK have worked with DeLaval since the very beginning, and still work with farms that installed DeLaval equipment in the 1920s.
"Our dealership network has been the backbone of our British success, helping DeLaval to forge strong relationships with British farmers. Mathers Ltd, operating in the northwest of England and Scotland is the longest standing DeLaval dealer in the world, having been with the brand since 1923," explains UK & Ireland Sales Territory Manager Ciaran Murphy.
In 1930, DeLaval was the first to introduce rotary milking parlours. In the 21st century, the rise of robotics has been the primary growth market for the brand as farms have struggled with skilled labour and equipment maintenance costs. "Robots have marked a new era in dairying. Herd sizes have doubled since the millennium and labour shortages have become a concern worldwide. Our milking robots have been designed to improve cow health and yield, but also to restore a sense of balance to farm life by freeing up valuable time," adds Murphy. Data driven farming has also led the brand to develop farm software to monitor every aspect of the milking process, from detecting cows in heat to identifying potential yield losses as a result of mastitis. Our Think Big initiative has helped hundreds of farms to plan for growth, and monitoring systems such as DelPro are helping herd managers to reduce costs, improve cow welfare and create more sustainable farms," he says.
Despite a focus on technology, the brand still manufactures one of the widest ranges of dairy equipment, from brushes and cleaning products to clusters and conventional milking parlours. "We encourage all to join us at Dairy-Tech where we will be celebrating the centenary of DeLaval in Britain and ushering in what we hope will be another successful 100 years of trading," concludes Murphy.
Irish Dairy exports to the UK up by 39% to €1.2 billion
The value of Ireland's food, drink and horticulture exports to the UK increased by 20% to EUR5.4 billion in 2022. This is according to new figures released in the annual Bord Bia Export Performance and Prospects report 2022/2023. In value terms, the UK remains the largest single market with 32% of the share, 34% of Ireland's food and drink exports go to the EU and a further 34% to international markets. Irish exporters have navigated their way through considerable uncertainty in 2022 in terms of the new trading environment with the UK, price inflation across the supply chain, the rise in energy costs at farm level, and more recently a downturn in the British economy. BordBia
Guild of Fine Food launches new Great Taste Bursary for 2023
The bursary will sponsor 50 emerging micro producers to enter a product into the world's most trusted taste accreditation for free. This is an opportunity for any food and drink producer to have its products assessed by chefs, buyers, food writers and retailers. Currently, the awards scheme is open for entries from members of the Guild of Fine Food, with general entries opening on 23 January 2023. Each year, over 2,300 artisan producers from the UK and across the globe enter. Applications must be received by 7 February 2023 via The full list of last year's winners and where to buy them can be found at
Ice Cream Artisan Food Show
The only show for the ice cream sector in the UK, takes place in Harrogate at the Yorkshire Events Centre from 7th to 9th February 2023. If you make or sell ice cream then this is a must attend event. The Show is organised by the Ice Cream Alliance (ICA) and this year will feature the biggest free seminars programme it has ever hosted. Highlights include an appearance by renowned Italian celebrity chef, Gennaro Contaldo, mentor to Jaime Oliver. The Demo Kitchen will be hosted by chef Steph Moon, who will be joined by four times National Champion, Philip Mancini. Recipe ideas will include 'Festival of Coronation', with ice cream delights fit for a King, and 'Fire and Ice', where chilli meets ice cream.

British Dairying is available by subscription at £70.00 posted to UK addresses,
£90.00 for Europe, £115.00 for the Rest of the world
or £30 +VAT for British Dairying Online only

"All outward forms of religion are almost useless, and are the causes of endless strife. Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest."
Beatrix Potter
You are receiving this email because you are a registered reader of British Dairying and we are pleased to send you extra information to supplement the journal.
Please see our privacy policy at:
British Dairying, WB Publishing Ltd
Priory Cottage, Eastbourne Road Ridgewood East Sussex TN22 5ST
WB Publishing Ltd is registered in England and Wales, Registration No 2951727
Newsletter Editor: Caroline Calder
e: |  T 01892 231604