The Netherlands: number of youngstock per dairy cow has gone down

In Holland the number of youngstock per dairy cow has gone down from 0.82 head in 2015 to 6.4 head in 2018, according to Wageningen University & Research. This is mainly caused by the new phosphate policy of the Dutch government. With a certain phosphate quota with less youngstock a farm can keep more dairy cows.

The Netherlands: Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR) and Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) on dairy farms

In Holland, despite the by dairies obliged combat of Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR) and Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) on dairy farms, ultimo 2019 the IBR-free status of dairy farms was 75 percent and two percent less than one year before. Regarding BVD was ultimo 2019 73 percent of the dairy farm non-suspicious, three percent more than one year before.

The Netherlands: dairies and milk processing companies – agremment regarding „Corona“

In Holland dairies and milk processing companies have agreed that in a case milk processing locations are not able to process the supplied milk, for example because of too many employees are infected with corona, that milk will be redirected to other plants from other dairies or companies that will process this milk.

The Netherlands: RFC and B&J – no further cooperation

In Holland, almost fifty dairy farmers that were farming under special conditions of the caring dairy program and were delivering their milk to the dairy cooperative Royal FrieslandCampina for further delivering to Ben & Jerry’s had to stop producing this milk because RFC and B&J did not continue their cooperation. One of the reasons is that because of brexit B&J is collecting and processing more milk in Great Britain. Another Dutch dairy cooperative Cono will continue delivering milk to B&J.

Great Britain: Covid-19 impact on dairy industry

In the United Kingdom as in other countries the Covid-19 resulted for the dairy industry in the almost complete loss of the food service and hospitality market. This has led to some dairy farmers with no other option but to dispose of milk on farm, despite of shortages in a few supermarkets. Other farms are affected by reduced farmers milk prices. The private dairy Müller is asking all of its supplying farmers to co-operate in a milk volume reduction plan for a limited period of time to try and prevent the prospect of non-collection of milk off farms. Müller is requesting to reduce milk production by three percent immediately and until the end of May 2020.

Finland: production data 2019 of average dairy cow

In Finland in 2019 the average dairy cow produced with milk 355 kilogram protein per year (+10 kg compared to 2018 ) in percent 3.57 % (+0,05%) and  431 kg fat (+9 kg), 4.34 %  (+0,04)
• the average somatic cell count was 171 000 cells per ml  (-5000)
• the average live weight was 638 kg (+ 8 kg)
• the average calving interval was 408 days
• they average needed 1.93 inseminations/calving
• the average lifetime yield of culled cows was 29 449 kilograms milk
• the average lifetime yield of living cows was 22 811 kilograms milk

Switzerland: volume milk production in 2019

Swiss milk production had in 2019 a volume of 3.4 million tonnes which was 55157 tonnes or 1.6 percent less than in 2018 and the lowest since 2007 when milk production was 3.26 million tonnes. The number of dairy farms was last year 19048 which was 520 less than in 2018. In 2019 Swiss dairy farms had average 27 cows and produced 172000 kilogram milk.

EU: export volume of milk

The EU exported in 2019 a volume of 1161000 tonnes milk and cream (2018: 997000 tonnes), 598000 tonnes whey powder (2018: 598000 tonnes), 962000 tonnes skimmed milk powder smp (2018: 816 tonnes), 297000 tonnes whole milk powder wmp (2018: 334000 tonnes), 880000 tonnes cheese (2018: 832000 tonnes), 218000 tonnes butter (2018: 161000 tonnes). Import of: whey powder was 21900 tonnes (2018: 17800 tonnes), smp was 5600 tonnes (2018: 3500 tonnes), wmp 5100 tonnes (2018: 1700 tonnes), cheese 63000 tonnes (2018: 59200 tonnes), butter: 15200 tonnes (2018: 22000 tonnes).

Germany: ife-data February – January 2020

In Germany in February 2020 compared to January 2020 the raw material or compound value of milk at farm decreased 0.7 eurocent to 35.5 eurocent per kilogram milk with 4.0 percent fat and 3.4 percent protein (exclusive VAT). This is 3.4 eurocent more than in the same month last year. The highest future price of milk for the next 18 months on the Kieler Börsenmilchwert European Energy Exchange is the price for April until September 2021 at 36.0 eurocent. The lowest future price is the price for May 2020 at 31.0 eurocent.