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The IDF Milking Technologies Symposium – Online event

DATE: November 28 – 29, 2023

The IDF Milking Technologies Symposium will help us understand and use the latest technologies in milking and provide practical considerations for equipment for an efficient process. The symposium will provide an insight into new testing equipment and future possibilities for diagnostic testing and interpretation.


There will be 3 sessions: 

  • Session 1: Milking machine technology: design, efficiency and testing. 
    This session will delve into the intricacies of design, efficiency, and testing. Attendees will gain insights into the latest advancements in milking machine design, exploring how cutting-edge technologies enhance functionality and user experience. Additionally, experts will share valuable information on improving milking efficiency, optimizing milk yield, quality, and standardization of methodologies.
  • Session 2: Dairy health and welfare in sustainable milking systems. 
    This session aims to explore the critical aspects of promoting animal well-being and sustainable practices in dairy farming. Attendees will gain valuable insights into strategies and technologies that prioritize the health and welfare of dairy animals, ensuring their optimal care and comfort. Experts will discuss the integration of sustainable milking systems, emphasizing the importance of ethical and responsible farming practices to achieve long-term viability in the dairy industry.
  • Session 3: Farm management and dairy business in milking systems. 
    This session will provide attendees with valuable knowledge on effectively managing and optimizing dairy farms. Experts will share insights on efficient resource allocation, labour requirements and business strategies to maximize profitability in milking systems. Attendees will gain practical advice on improving farm productivity, enhancing milk quality, and implementing successful management practices in the context of modern milking systems.

The symposium will attract and bring together the following international dairy sector audience:

  • Manufacturers and distributors of milking equipment and related automation.
  • Technicians involved in the installation and testing of milking machines.
  • Personnel involved in advising farmers on milk quality and labour efficiency.
  • Farm advisors and consultants.
  • Regulators and standard setting bodies.

Qualified scientists, industry personnel and farm advisors will present their work in the field and translate science into practical applications on the farm.

Confirmed moderators:
  • Lynda McDonald, Project Manager Dairy Development, TetraPak, Sweden
  • Ilka Klaas, Dairy Development Director, DeLaval, Denmark
  • Carol Smith, FG Franklin & Sons, Zimbabwe
Confirmed Speakers:
  • Douglas Reinemann, Professor and Associate Dean, University of Wisconsin – Madison, US
  • William Smits, Advisory coordinator Asia & Pacific region, DeLaval, Global
  • Victor Cabrera, Professor and Extension Specialist in Dairy Farm Management Systems, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, US
  • John Upton, Senior Research Officer, Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark, Ireland
  • Rupert Bruckmaier, Head of Veterinary Physiology, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Callum Eastwood, Senior Scientist, Dairy NZ, New Zealand
  • Carl Oskar Paulrud, DeLaval, Sweden
  • Morten Dam Rasmussen, Head of safety organization, Dept. of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • John Penry, Principal Scientist, Dairy Australia, Australia
  • Sabine Ferneborg, Postdoctoral fellow, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
  • Jennifer Walker, Chief Animal Welfare Officer, President, and Director of Quality and Care, Kinder Ground and Danone North America, US
  • Eyal Brayer, Director and R&D Advisor, Dairycs, Israel 
  • Johan Grolleman, Independent Milking Advisor, Melkwinning J.A., The Netherlands 

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