Milk South Africa is proud of its project leader on industry information, Dr Koos Coetzee, who was awarded with the certificate for the best presentation at the 14th conference of the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN) which was held in Terkidağ, Turkey from 29 May to 5 June, 2013. He presented an invited paper on Key drivers for change in the dairy industry. Dr Coetzee is also Chief Economist of the Milk Producers' Organization.
Dr Torsten Hemme: International Farm Comparison Network
The IFCN – International Farm Comparison Network - is a global network of dairy researchers from 91 countries cooperating with over 93 companies representing the dairy chain. The IFCN has a Dairy Research Center (DRC) with 19 dairy researchers coordinating the network process and dairy research activities. The IFCN is independent from third parties and committed to truth, science and reliability of results.
Nico Fouche, CEO: Milk SA, had an exploratory meeting with Dr Ilse Trautmann and Dr Buks Olivier of the Department of Agriculture: Western Cape today. It was very clear from the discussions that there was a wealth of opportunities for both parties to co-operate in R&D and to capitalize on the shared vision to align dairy R&D in accordance with industry requirements.
Dr Trautmann is Chief Director: Research and Technology Development Services and Dr Olivier is Manager: Animal Sciences at the Department.
In September 2012, the SA Veterinary Services applied to the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) for official recognition of a FMD-free zone without vaccination. Following the meeting of the Scientific Commission of the OIE in February 2013, the Commission concluded that the proposed FMD-free zone in South-Africa does not fulfil the relevant international requirements as defined in the Terrestrial Animal Health Code of the OIE.
In the past week we have communicated with you the schedule for the television adverts. The first schedule provided specific time slots and programmes. In addition, packages are purchased on DStv which does not include detailed schedules per channels. Important to note, the packages are discounted heavily, giving the project maximum exposure for the budget, almost at least 50% less, with a guarantee that 40% will be flighted in prime time. The spots are scheduled by DStv over the time period requested.
Milk South Africa, the Directorate: Animal Health of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and the Department of Health recently established a National Task Team for Export Certification.
The Task Team aims to facilitate the effective implementation and administration of legislation and to initiate additional measures to optimize the export of South African dairy products and the implementation of trade agreements.