Richard Doyle has been elected to a four-year term as president of the International Dairy Federation, succeeding Jim Begg.

Doyle is currently executive director of Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC), an organisation that represents the interests of the Canadian dairy producers. He replaces Begg, who is director general of UK industry body Dairy UK.

"With 32 years of experience in the dairy industry and an active involvement in IDF at national and international levels, Richard Doyle will bring a wealth of expertise in IDF and will expand the influence of the global dairy industry," the IDF said.

His election comes at a time when the IDF has expanded with three new members - Brazil, Lithuania and Egypt - accounting now for about 85% of the world milk production.

"Enlarging our network will further strengthen the IDF's position towards international organisations. We have in place a strong IDF, and with the backing of our members, we must develop our potential," Doyle said.

He added: "It is a privilege to have been appointed to lead IDF and I will do everything I can to continue the positive development of our organisation. I strongly believe that IDF is well positioned to respond to the future challenges facing the global dairy industry, both in terms of offering a well-recognised scientific and technical base and as an international forum where industry leaders can share their experiences, solutions and strategies to address an ever-evolving dairy market place."