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GDNews February 2016 10-01-2017 10:37

INTRO GDF MANAGEMENT

By: Bram Prins, GDF President 

Dear all, It is our pleasure to introduce our new GDF Manager: Yvonne Leenders. Yvonne started working for GDF last week. She will spend her time on GDF Club and on GDF Research. For the research part she will work at the CAH Vilentum in Dronten. Yvonne, welcome in the GDF family!

We also want to welcome our new business partner PROMAT from Canada. We are happy with this new partner and an interactive exchange of ideas has started already.

From February 14-19 we will meet each other at VIV-MEA in Abu Dhabi (EAR) There we will discuss the current situation in milk prices and especially in influencing farm gate prices with backwards integration. We are looking for new ways!!

It is very disappointing that we had to skip the Egypt part of the tour. We are very grateful for the professional attitude of our partner Juhayna in Egypt. We will stay in contact and are looking for new chances.

No one expected the huge dip in milk prices in 2015 and the continuation of it in 2016. This is related to lower purchasing power in different countries which are dependant of oil and gas prices. In my view, this is the biggest reason. As dairy farmers we have to look for new ways in solving these problems by developing new, and cheaper ways of managing our farms and if possible to increase the milk prices.

We have to improve the image that the dairy sector has by influencing social media and via direct consumer contacts. Did you know that an US study (University of California) from a few years ago shows that if every consumer takes a few portions of milk products, savings in health costs are growing from 26 billion dollar till 200 billion dollar after 5 years?!

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Global Dairy Farmers has a restricted group of companies (business partners) which are members of GDF. There is a maximum of 12-14 business partners which do not compete with each other.