This week on the ZimmCast I’m trying out a some new technology and would love your feedback. My interview was done using Skype and I’m hoping to further develop the voice over internet way of doing audio interviews for all our projects.
One of the companies helping sponsor the IFAJ Congress here in Norway is GENO Breeding and A.I. Association.
On our dairy tour today, Torstein Steine, Director of Breeding and Research, gave us an overview of the Norwegian Cow Record System. GENO is very involved in this project which has an immense amount of data online now.
Before we got to go into the dairy barn on today’s IFAJ Congress tour we learned about automatic or robotic milking from the expert.
He’s Gunnar Pettersson, Swedish University of Agricultural Science. He used a power point presentation but I recorded him anyway and am providing an edited version of that talk.
Today I got to visit a dairy operation which is pretty big business in Norway. We toured the Smestad farm. Pictured here are our hosts, Ole Kristian and Randi Skallerud.
The interesting part of the dairy is that he’s using an automatic milking system. So before we event went into the barn we learned more about robotic milking.
Our second evening in Hamar, Norway at the IFAJ Congress was a mix of very good cultural entertainment and local food and beverage.
When we visited the Rustad-Skog moose lodge we all fit into a 250 year old cabin to listen to owner, Nils Rustad give us a history of the place and how they manage the moose population in Norway.
At our opening night reception and dinner we heard from the CEO/President of Tine, the Norway dairy cooperative that makes Jarlsberg cheese. This year is the 50th year since they began making this great cheese. You can see the nice display of food we had with a Jarlsberg cheese wheel centerpiece.
The president of the IFAJ Congress 2006 organizing committee Mari Bjorke, Geno (pictured here with one of our tour bus drivers).
The ZimmCast is coming to you from Norway this week. He’s a busy man, but IFAJ President David Markey took a few minutes out to visit with me.
One of the exhibitors here at the IFAJ Congress in Hamar, Norway is DeLaval.