Kick-Off GDF Congress 2018 Western Europe

19/06/2018 om 00:17

Berlin, Germany – June 18, 2018 | The Global Dairy Farmers Congress 2018 Western Europe starts with a great kick-off in Berlin, Germany. With more than 60 participants from countries such as Kuwait, Canada, New Zealand, Uruguay and Germany, different nationalities and cultures are well represented. The participating dairy farmers all have different strategies and visions. Opportunity for a week of good discussions: with each other, but also with the participating decisionmakers of i.e.  WWF, Barry-Callebaut, Danone, Friesland Campina and Lely. Topics are high tech & smart dairy farming and short chain & direct selling. The mixture of dairy farmers and other food&agri experts will result in food for thought, and thoughts for food (production).


Global Dairy Farmers (GDF) gives progressive dairy farmers and other dairy experts a platform to enhance and exchange their knowledge, gather ideas for new business ventures and see how the world can keep on producing great dairy in the far future. The members come from all corners of the world. The knowledge and entrepreneurship of the leading dairy farmers and decisionmakers in the dairy industry are overwhelming and is gathered through the GDF network.


Every year GDF organizes a congress to get everyone together. Last year we went to Indonesia, this year the congress takes place in Western-Europe. In this event GDF will look at global and subsequently local trends, will find out about the impact of big data and smart dairy farming and what is new in this scene and end up by visiting best practice dairy farmers in added value and direct selling.  The group starts in Berlin, travels  to Utrecht/Amsterdam and finishes in Bologna.


The first days in Berlin are all about global and European trends: what are the opportunities and challenges? Prof. Dr. Folkhard Isermeyer, President of the Thünen Institute, talks about the influence of different  policies (including climate) on dairy production. Dr. Birgit Wilhelm of WWF  will challenge us on  how to tackle the environmental and sustainability issues of feed for dairy production.  Cees-Jan Hollander will share the Danone strategy and how Danone wants to build a partnership with their supplying farmers to tackle the challenges ahead. The seminar ends with inside information on what do German retailers demands for dairy products  by  Christa Langen. She’s an independent communication expert on Food & Sustainability, who works for several companies (e.g. dairy companies) that supply to German retailers.


Global Dairy Farmers picked the best-practise dairy farmers in Germany, which the group will visit on Monday and Tuesday. Three dairy farmers with different main strategies: low cost, consumer oriented and energy making, but all with animal welfare as a high priority.

Following the farm visits, on Wednesday GDF organizes the Diary Tech Seminar at VIV Europe in Utrecht. High-level speakers such as Alexander van der Lely (CEO Lely International) and Frans Keurentjes (President Friesland Campina) talk about big data and developments in the dairy sector. This event is open for all public, so come and join us.

The second part of the program will focus on added value and  on-farm-dairy-processing. Starting off with a visit to Den Eelder. A dairy farm and processing company from the van der Schans family who have succeeded in developing their own brand supplying several retailers. And finally we’ll travel to  Bologna in Italy. This is a region with several examples of farmers created added value and this way achieving possibly the highest milk price in Europe.


A full program with inspiring speakers, dairy farmers and food for thought.


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