The Belgian organization of dairy processors have warned dairy farmers not to increase their milk production because the market might overflow. This because of Covid 19 there is almost no demand of dairy products from the hotel and catering sector.
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.
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.
In Holland research of Wageningen University & Research on several farms shows that the methane emission between cows in one herd can vary more than the difference between herds. Of the difference between cows in a herd 32 percent was depending on days in lactation and the number of the lactation.
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.
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.
As first in Holland the dairy cooperative Cono is producing cheese (Beemster Cheese) climate neutral. Annual Cono processes 400 million kilogram milk from 440 dairy farms. Of this farms 30 percent is generating electricity by solar and wind.
In Holland average margin of dairy farms doubled in 2019 from two to four euro per 100 kilogram milk, according to the accountancy company Abab.
Irish milk production is growing and will probably continue to grow. In February milk production was 7.8 percent higher than in February 2019. At the end of March the number of dairy calves born was almost 55000 head or six per cent higher than in the same period in 2019.
• 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
EU dairies processed in 2019 a 0.4 percent bigger volume milk than in 2018. Biggest growth had Ireland (+ 5.3%) and Spain (+2.0%). Most shrinkage showed Sweden (- 2.0%) and Finland (-1.0%). The big producers Germany (-0.1%), France (- 0.2%) and Holland (- 0.7%) had a smaller decrease.