MIR-spectra have been used to analyze milk components since the 1980s. Today, advanced analytical techniques and powerful data processing tools allow additional value to be derived from the MIR spectral information, which can be utilized for farm management, milk processing and a range of other applications of great benefit to the dairy industry.
Today, MIR-spectra are already used in different countries to provide feeding management tools and to build up cow phenotype databases. As research and applied projects are dynamically evolving, it is clear that there is a strong need for harmonization and standardization of terminology, analytical procedures, and tools for quality assurance. As almost all sectors and stakeholders of the dairy food chain are affected by these technological developments, IDF/ISO and ICAR are joining to structure the current activity, to offer a forum for exchange and cooperation as well as to harmonize and standardize definitions, methods, and procedures for the dairy sector globally. The overall goal is to offer a more complete and deeper understanding of the activities related to the use of MIR spectra in the entire dairy chain.
This work will be presented during:
- IDF/ISO Analytical Week – Constance, Germany on 27 April, 11.00 – 12.30 (CET), chaired by Dr. Christian Baumgartner
- ICAR Annual Conference -Montreal, Canada on 31 May, 17:30 – 17:00 (EDT), chaired by Dr. Christian Baumgartner, PureMilk Analytical GmbH and Hélène Soyeurt, Univ. Liege
ExtraMIR (Extra value from -smart use of- MIR spectra) is an ICAR/IDF joint action team that would like to offer a more complete and deeper understanding of the activities related to the use of MIR spectra in the dairy sector; overall goal is to offer concrete solutions for efficient and smart farm management tools to the farmer.