Industry News

Published on Tue, 10/17/2017 - 2:41pm

Industrywide Food Safety Initiative Focuses on Artisan & Farmstead Cheesemakers.
Free training course, interactive website part of new resources

Article provided by Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy®

Food safety is a longstanding priority for the dairy industry and farmers. Industry leaders understand the importance of keeping consumers safe and know that one negative incident could affect consumer confidence, which could impact sales.
For this reason, food safety is a key priority for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, founded in 2008 by dairy farmers through their checkoff. The organization allows the dairy community to collaborate proactively on issues that are important to the industry and its customers, including health and nutrition and the environment.
The Innovation Center’s latest resource, an online course offered in partnership with North Carolina State University, is geared toward artisan and farmstead cheesemakers, who represent a growing segment of cheese production. More than a thousand U.S. processors are helping meet consumer demand for these cheeses. To reach and support this cheese-making community more effectively, the Innovation Center has partnered with the American Cheese Society, along with academics, retailers and small dairy manufacturers to establish the Artisan Food Safety Advisory Team.
This online introductory course, “Food Safety for Artisan/Farmstead Cheesemakers,” will be offered free through the end of the year. It includes five interactive segments focused on the importance of food safety, food safety hazards, preventive controls, regulatory considerations and product/environmental monitoring.
“The Innovation Center’s Food Safety Committee is a great example of how farmer, processor and manufacturer organizations can work together on common priorities,” said Barb O’Brien, president of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy and Dairy Management Inc. “This kind of collaboration on issues that transcend competition is critical to building confidence and trust in U.S. dairy.”
“We know that artisan and farmstead products represent a growing segment of cheese production in the U.S. and we want to share effective tools that can make these business owners be successful – and safe – at their craft,” adds Jeremy Travis, vice president of quality and technical services at Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. and chairman of the Innovation Center’s food safety committee.
The Innovation Center has offered food safety workshops for U.S. processors multiple times a year since 2011. More than 2,800 industry professionals have been trained on the latest advancements to continuously improve the quality and safety of dairy products. These training activities are staffed and funded by dairy processors.
In addition to the workshop, the Innovation Center consolidated self-study
resources, guides and tools on a new website, O’Brien said a nationwide workshop where artisans can receive coaching while they draft their own food safety plans is in development.
More information can be found at

Blexy Named Supreme Champion of 2017 World Dairy Expo

Article provided by Kristin Olson, Media Relations Manager

Rosiers Blexy Goldwyn-ET was awarded the honor of Supreme Champion at the 2017 World Dairy Expo. This winning Holstein cow is owned by Budjon, Vail, Abbot, Van Excel and Woodmansee of Lomira, Wis. Blexy, was the first-place winner in the Six-Year-Old Cow Class and Senior and Grand Champion Female in the International Holstein Show. As Supreme Champion, Blexy received the Gregory Blaska Memorial Trophy, a $2,000 cash award sponsored by BouMatic, a royal blanket sponsored by Agpro, Inc. and a director’s chair sponsored by International Protein Sires.
Reserve Supreme Champion was earned by last year’s Supreme
Champion, Musqie Iatola Martha-ET, exhibited by Milksource Genetics of Kaukauna, Wis. She was named first place Six-Year-Old & Older Cow, along with Senior and Grand Champion Female during the International Jersey Show at World Dairy Expo. As the 2017 Reserve Supreme Champion, Martha received a $1,500 cash award sponsored by Trans Ova Genetics, a royal blanket sponsored by E-ZEE Milking Equipment, LLC and a director’s chair sponsored by Joe and Patti Schluter.
For over five decades, the global dairy industry has been meeting in Madison, Wis. for World Dairy Expo. Crowds of nearly 75,000 people from more than 100 countries attended the annual event in 2016. WDE will return Oct. 3-7, 2017 as attendees and exhibitors are encouraged to “Discover New Dairy Worlds.” Visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@WDExpo or #WDE2017) for more information.

Introducing an alternative to animal protein blends.
AminoMax® innovates and introduces an alternative to animal protein blends, AminoGreen®.

Article provided by AminoMax®

Mounting consumer pressure for antibiotic-free, hormone-free, and non-GMO products has put upward pressure on the feed industry to innovate products that more closely meet these needs. With the development and introduction of AminoGreen®, the industry now has a stable, consistent and very concentrated source of non-animal protein that expands the AminoMax® line of bypass proteins.
Animal proteins, such as meat and bone meal, feather meal and blood meal provide very concentrated sources of protein and amino acids and as
a rule they largely escape rumen degradation so they are high in rumen undegraded protein (RUP). But raw ingredient variability, freshness, processing sensitivity and palatability can all be challenges for suppliers and on the dairy.
AminoGreen® animal-free bypass protein is manufactured with AminoMax’s patented ExpandaThermTM technology assuring protected protein sources with consistent levels of RUP. ExpandaThermTM is a highly automated manufacturing system where specific temperatures, moisture levels and retention times all undergo modifications from batch to batch based on raw inputs. Combined with our enzymatic and pressure processes, ExpandaThermTM ensures that all reactions are complete and that each bite of the meal is the same as the one before. Extraordinary consistency in an animal-free bypass protein source is what the industry gets with the introduction of AminoGreen® from AminoMax®.