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milkGUARD – a continuous whole milk disinfection system for calf feeding on-farm

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Project "milkGUARD" data sheet

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Organization address
address: HOLSTEBROVEJ 104
city: SKIVE
postcode: 7800
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 Coordinator Country Denmark [DK]
 Project website
 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.2.4. (Sustainable and competitive bio-based industries and supporting the development of a European bioeconomy)
2. H2020-EU.3.2.1. (Sustainable agriculture and forestry)
3. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
4. H2020-EU.3.2.2. (Sustainable and competitive agri-food sector for a safe and healthy diet)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-1-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-05-01   to  2017-09-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    CALVEX A/S DK (SKIVE) coordinator 50˙000.00


 Project objective

The problem: Dairy farms are continuously aiming at increasing milk yield per cow in the herd. Calf early life nutrition dictates their development. Farmers feed a variety of liquid feeds including milk and milk replacers. The state-of-the-art method to reduce the risk of disease spread while feeding milk is to pasteurize it. Though natural milk is the ideal nutrition for calves, the need for pasteurization represents an additional cost of 100,000 €/ year (for a herd with 120 calves). Importantly, on-farm pasteurized milk may still contain measurable amounts of bacteria and the overall procedure is time- and energy-demanding, which hampers wide application amongst small and medium dairy farms. The solution: We at Calvex have developed the milkGUARD solution, which enables the safe employment of optimum nutrition for calves, i.e. natural milk, free of pathogens. The milkGUARD solution combines state-of-the-art methods for fast killing of pathogens in natural milk. In a three-stage continuous process it disinfects milk with an efficacy of 99.99% - 100%. By providing a system that avoids indirect heating elements and works in continuous, we expect to reduce the operating costs to dairy farmers when treating milk for calf-feeding, offering e.g. 30% of energy savings when compared to conventional on-farm pasteurizers. The market: Milk is the EU's main agricultural product in terms of value – approx. 15% of agricultural output – with 160 million tonnes of cow’s milk produced in 2014. The EU milk processing industry is a pillar of the European economy, which contributes positively to the EU trade balance, bringing over €10 billion surplus. The implementation of the innovation project will place Calvex in a strong position to exploit a market potential over five years exceeding €56 million.

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