The Israel Dairy board was created to regulate Dairy Farming and the Dairy Industry in Israel. Its establishment is based on laws and official regulations (“Control on commodities & Services 1957”, app. # 1 and “Planning of the Dairy Market in Israel 1992”, app. # 2).
Regulation in this industry is required because sector is very different from all other agricultural sectors and agro-industries. Milk is supplied on a daily basis by the farmers as raw material at the dairy processing units. Also the dairy products are marketed almost daily and both the raw material and the products are sensitive products with a relatively short shelf life.
In most countries the milk production is correlated to the local demand and normally it is quite expensive to export any surplus production from Israel.
The objectives of the Israel Dairy Board (I.D.B.) as defined in its statues are:
• To generate and organize the cooperation between all the entities in this sector.
• To implement the Government policy regarding the planning of milk production and marketing.
• To manage the emergency stock of milk powder in Israel.
• To deal with and dispose of surplus milk.
• To improve the professional standards of the dairy industry, to promote research studies and training programs, to assist in breeding programs for dairy cows, sheep and Goats, to provide assistance in maintaining animal health standards, to initiate extension services and other activities related to the quality of milk and milk contents, and in general to improve the overall performance of dairy farming and the dairy industry.
• To promote the consumption of milk and dairy products.
The Israel Dairy board combines representatives from all different sectors involved in Dairy Farming and the Dairy Industry. The I.D.B. Board of directors includes:
• Dairy Farmers represented by the farmer’s organizations
• (30%) I.C.B.A. / Sheep and Goat breeders / etc.
• Representatives of the Dairy processors (30%).
• Government officials (30%),
• Ministry of Agriculture / Finance / Commerce / Health.
• Representatives of the general public / consumers.