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THE World Dairy Summit in
Auckland in November will
feature a two-day conference
on cheese science co-organised by
the International Dairy Federation
and the Dairy Industry Association
This is the fourth in the quadren-
nial series of cheese science confer-
ences held in Australia and New
Nine keynote speakers from aca-
demic and industry research centres
will present the latest findings on
innovative cheese manufacturing
processes, consumer issues, and
Another 12 speakers and 41
poster presenters will complement
the programme. The presentations
will offer a unique mix of scientific
investigations with practical appli-
cation, and will appeal to both the
What are the hot topics?
New innovative cheese manufac-
turing processes on both a small
and large scale, designed to make
cheese more efficiently, will be pre-
sented. Of course, we can always
learn from the old ways of making
cheese; so, an overview of tradi-
tional European cheese practices
will also be presented.
Manufacturing cheese is just the
start -- ripening characteristics and
novel methods of spoilage control
are also important and will be
addressed at the conference.
Current research focuses on the
interface between health, structure
and flavour of dairy products. We
will be featuring hot-off-the-press
research on how structure and
cheese microbiology impact upon
Good health can be promoted
through the consumption of cheese
-- presentations will be given on
cheese as a vehicle for probiotic
bacteria, and on bioactive peptides
produced during cheese ripening.
In the context of increasing con-
sumer attention to low salt prod-
ucts, the conference will hold a
forum to discuss the technology of
low salt cheese.
For more details and the full con-
Cheese science part of
World Dairy Summit
to be held in Auckland DAIRYNZ is working with other industry players to
tackle issues affecting pasture persistence head-on.
"The industry is joining forces to wage war on
issues that affect our dairy pasture performance," says
DairyNZ development team leader for productivity and
project leader Rob Brazendale.
"A project team including researchers, seed industry and
agricultural contractors is being formed and the first steps
towards developing better tools, resources and advice for
farmers are underway.
"As a starting point we are currently surveying Waikato
and BOP farmers about the pasture persistence issues they
are facing on-farm. We are also asking them about the bar-
riers they face to better pasture performance and testing
their attitude towards pasture renewal," said Rob.
"Pasture persistence and pests, such as black beetle, are
highly topical for Waikato and BOP dairy farmers. They
have had three seasons with periods of extreme dry and
many pastures and farm businesses are feeling the effects."
The survey was sent out at the beginning of July and will
be open until July 25.
"This survey will shape the next year's work undertaken
by the industry group," said Rob. "Our aim is to understand
what farmers believe the issues around pasture persistence
are and to identify any barriers to adopting changes that are
likely to improve pasture performance.
"We are encouraging farmers to have their say. This is
important information for the industry that will not only
inform our activities but also provide a benchmark to
assess the success of our initiatives in the future."
Farmers who have not received a copy of the survey and
who would like to participate can email Rob Brazendale:
Industry joins forces to
tackle pasture persistence
Puke Road, Paeroa / PO Box 81, Paeroa Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 07 862 7296 Fax: 07 862 8517 Mobile: 0274 927 280
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