Burra Foods: The Origin and Control of Iodine in Bovine Milk (2021-22)
The Origin and Control of Iodine in Bovine Milk (2021-22)
Sunday, 5th September 2021
This project is proudly funded and supported by Gardiner Dairy Foundation
Iodine is a trace mineral that is present naturally in many foodstuffs and is essential for normal thyroid function in humans. It is often added to salt as a preventative of iodine deficiency. Iodine can be found in bovine milk and concentration levels vary widely based on seasonality, feed and animal treatments used on farm by dairy farmers.
Variations in iodine levels between farms and seasons is problematic in the manufacture of nutritional powders such as infant formula. With very tight nutritional specifications to achieve in finished product, too little iodine can be compensated for by the addition of iodine as an ingredient, however too much iodine will result in out of specification product. This can be very costly as out of specification product can not be used for its manufactured purpose.
This project will require the development of an iodine mass balance tool using available literature, audits of animal treatments, feed, farming systems and genetics with some limited validation testing to generate an iodine prediction model. The intention of the model is to minimise the production of out of specification nutritional powders.
1. Report outlining the sources of iodine on farm and how it gets into milk taking into account cow genetics (mainstream breeds) and metabolism.
2. Development of an Iodine prediction model that can be used on farm based on typical inputs, cow breed and sources
3. Validation of the Iodine Prediction Model through testing on 3 pilot farms
Business and Economics
Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Hold an Australian permanent resident/humanitarian visa, or
Hold an international student visa (Must be Melbourne placed during placement period)
Applications for this project are welcome from penultimate and subsequent year undergraduates, Masters and PhD students (coursework and research) who are currently enrolled full-time at Monash including for the period December 2021 to end of February 2022..
Your application will be reviewed by senior university members and assessed against the following criteria:
Quality of covering letter, resume and on-line application including spelling & grammar
Relevance of your degree to the project(s) you select
Skills, ability, knowledge and experience relevant to the project(s) you apply for
Quick Learners, adaptable and enthusiastic.
Career goals and ambitions
Successful interview with industry partner
Experience or understanding of:
Animal health and nutrition
Biology / chemistry / biochemistry
Dairy or agriculture
Scope for MITI projects are determined by the industry partners, this includes student disciplines and whether they require students at undergraduate, Masters or PhD level.
The final selection of the MITI project team will be made by the industry partner.
Burra Foods is a Gippsland based dairy product manufacturer that has been selling value-added dairy ingredients to global markets for 30 years.
Specialising in creating products that deliver the functional and sensory characteristics of fresh milk, we have significant international market experience and a reputation for being a reliable supplier of high quality dairy products. These include natural cheese, fresh milk concentrates, food preparations, specialty milk powders, nutritional milk powders (including infant and life-stage nutritional powders) and fresh dairy ingredients.
Our manufacturing plant is located in the heart of South Gippsland at Korumburra, in south eastern Victoria, and we have offices in Melbourne, Japan and China.