Blog post by Uffe Lauritsen, president ICAR 19-May 2011

Looking through history it is well recognized, that the success of a product or idea totally relies on the time and circumstances it was born into. It is also well known that it takes some individuals and their commitment to carry it over the bridge.

Looking through history it is well recognized, that the success of a product or idea totally relies on the time and circumstances it was born into. It is also well known that it takes some individuals and their commitment to carry it over the bridge.

For all of us who has experience in milk production and tools used here, we know that the science and theory behind analyzing milk is only part of the story.

We need bright engineers to invent technical solutions, bridging between sophisticated theoretical methods and a milk sample delivered this morning from a herd 300km away.

It is imperative to all of us to deliver the best product to our customers or members. We also know that each of our skills are limited – we are all experts. We all rely on the quality of the work done in the level before us.
As humans we also tend to push problems in front of us, and leave for the next person to deal with.

Understanding and communication are the absolute key words in order to deliver a successful product to the customer’s satisfaction.

To understand and communicate we need a place to meet, and here I welcome Raw Milk Connect as a constructive idea. I hope it in recent future will become a natural meeting place for topics we all face and are challenged by.

With a long career in milk-recording, I know for sure what for the individual farmer thinks – “A few drops of milk in a vial –  It cannot be that difficult, can it?” “ Put in a van, drive off to the lab and lift it to equipment and send me the result. Do not make it complicated” – is an often heard statement put forward by farmers.

One example is dirty samples. This is a well-known challenge to every milk lab around the globe.

The discussion around the subject is the same everywhere. Everyone thinks ‘this is not my fault’. No matter what, the result is the same – end user loses confidence in the product, and we in the recording industry, carry a lump of unnecessary costs.

This and many other challenges have globally been dealt with differently. If we could just share some of those experiences in the milk society, we could contribute to development of our services, based on high skill technical solutions we use.

Laboratory staff gets annoyed every time they have a sample not suitable for analyzing. So much work, logistics and equipment used on the line from the cow to the lab – just to learn that we cannot handle it because of sand in the sample.

The real world is a mix of individual humans, high tech development and practical solutions. If we do not match the practical part, all previous effort is wasted.

I welcome Raw Milk Connect as a platform for exchange of experience and knowledge to the benefit of the milking community. Thank you for the initiative, and I wish all of us good luck and prosperity.
Uffe Lauritsen, Denmark

President ICAR