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IDF World Dairy Summit 2011 – October 18 2011

summilk_bh1The IDF World Dairy Summit, held in Parma 15th to 19th October 2011, presented data from the study conducted by the Department of Animal Science, University of Milan, on the Hyst processing of bran and straw.

The Summit was organised by the International Dairy Federation (IDF) under the auspices of the FAO. Represented in 57 countries, IDF is today responsible for 85% of world milk production.

More than 1500 participants were able to attend 10 focused and in-depth conferences held by 160 speakers from around the world.

More specifically, in the course of five joint IDF/FAO conferences, key issues related to “sustainable food security” were discussed in detail. The speakers illustrated how science and technology can give an important contribution to environmentally sustainable dairy production.

The Summit offered experts in the sector – industrialist, farmers, researchers and Government representatives alike – the occasion to explore and discuss the main challenges and opportunities related to these issues, first and foremost food security and environmental sustainability.

In the context of Sustainable Animal Nutrition, test results on Hyst products were presented by Prof. Luca Malagutti (University of Milan) and Dr. Francesca Luciani (Istituto Superiore di Sanità – leading technical and scientific public body of the Italian National Health Service). Among the chairmen was Professor Harinder Makkar, Animal Nutrition Officer at the FAO (Animal Production and Health Division), who has for some time been following with a keen interest the development of studies relating to Hyst technology.

The scientific community present at the Summit recognised the enormous potentials of this technology in turning waste biomass into animal feed (increasing its nutritional value to boot) and substrates for biogas production (making the fermentable components of biomass more accessible).

The international media reported the event.