The EU export of skimmed milk powder (smp) had in the first six months of 2019 a volume of 514600 tonnes which was an increase of 31 percent compared to the same period last year. Main importer was China with 67300 tonnes (+71%). The EU was in the first half of 2019 the biggest exporter of smp. Second were the USA with 329000 tonnes, third New Zealand with 196000 tonnes. Also the EU butter export increased, nine percent to 75000 tonnes. Main importer was the USA with 17300 tonnes (+42%). Second was Japan with 5000 tonnes (+37%), third China with 4500 tonnes (+8%). Cheese export was in the first half of 2019 quite stable. However: export of whole milk powder (wmp) fell 22 percent to 144000 tonnes. New Zealand is the biggest exporter of whole milk powder with 806000 tonnes in the first half of 2019.
French and Danish dairy cows have highest feed to milk efficiency compared to the world’s main dairy countries. From one kilogram dry matter feed they produce well over 1.4 kilogram milk, according to IFCN.
Austria had in 2018 a self-sufficiency degree for drink milk of 164 percent, for cream of 109 percent, for cheese of 99 percent, for butter of 70 percent and of condensed milk of 56 percent.
Polish cheese production was in 2018 almost 230000 tons which was 60 percent more than in 2015.
In Germany the southern private company Conzima which is doing business in several branches like food, health care, pharma and medical, machinery, IT and others has bought the eastern German dairy Kohrener Landmolkerei which was bankrupt. Conzima states that it coming years will try to buy more dairy processors. The Kohrener Landmolkerei has about 75 employees.
In Germany in August compared to July the raw material or compound value of milk at farm fell 0.6 eurocent to 29.8 eurocent per kilogram milk with 4.0 percent fat and 3.4 percent protein (exclusive VAT). This is 3.9 eurocent less 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 November 2020 until March 2021 at 35.3 eurocent. The lowest future price is the price for September 2019 at 32.2 eurocent. www.ife-ev.de
In Germany research of the university of Kiel shows that a feed ration with specific herbs can limit the cow’s emission of methane with 20 percent.
The Germany headquartered dairy cooperative DMK will per January 1, 2020 fully take over the Dutch joint venture DV Nutrition V.O.F. Now DV Nutrition is a joint venture between DMK’s Dutch branche DOC Kaas and the UK headquartered private dairy processor Volac and has been producing whey protein and lactose based ingredients since 2004.
In Holland during the last five years the number of farms that on more than 60 percent of the cows uses a teat sealers increased from 53 to 62 percent. In the same period the number of farms that on more than 60 percent of the cows uses antibiotics when drying up cows fell from 55 to 18 percent. Also in general the use of teats sealers increased: the number of farms that on one or more cows uses teat sealers increased from 59 to 69 percent.
In Holland a analyses of accountancy service Alfa shows that in 2018 per 100 kilogram milk average feed costs were 16.01 euro. Of this were 10.02 euro for bought feed and 5.99 euro for on farm produced feed.
In Holland an analyses of four million tank milk samples in 2017 and 2018 shows that the level of phosphorous in tank milk samples between farms can vary 25 percent. Average the level was 102.0 milligram phosphorous per 100 grams milk. Between most farms the lever varied between 90 and 115 milligrams. On farms with Jersey cows the average was 115 grams. Source: Qlip.
In Holland, two months after the dairy cooperative Royal FrieslandCampina started a program to support member dairy farms to invest in generating electricity by a windmill, 400 farmers have already applied for a windmill. The windmills with an axle height of 15 meter are aimed for delivering electricity to the own farm and not to the grid. The RFC members can buy this windmills of a specific brand at a collective lower price.
Holland had in 2018 907000 hectare pastures. This was two percent less than in 2017. The total dry matter yield of grass was in 2018 17 percent less than in 2017. In 2018 the dry matter yield was 5362 million kilogram. Average mowing index was 275 percent. Of the mowed grass 87 percent was used for silage, five percent for hay, four percent for feeding direct to cattle and four percent for other purposes. (Source: Dutch national statistical office CBS.)
In Great Britain the number of dairy cows is still decreasing. On July 1, 2019 there were 1.73 million dairy cows which was 48000 or 2.7 percent less than one year before, according to AHDB.
In Ireland in July 2019 the supply of milk from dairy farms to processors was in volume 10.4 percent more than in July last year. In the same period the sales of consumer milk increased 4.1 percent, according to the Irish Central Statistics Office.
The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) reports a slight decrease in the fertility performance of the national dairy herd. The average calving interval increased by 3 days from 387 days in 2018, to 390 days in 2019. During the 2019 period there was 0.91 calves/cow/year, this is up from 0.90 in 2018. The National Statistics are based on data from 13,902 herds.
The biggest Irish dairy cooperative Dairygold has launched the brand Pastureland which guarantees that the milk comes from grass-fed cows who graze outdoors for up to 270 days on a diet of grass and white clover and that their diet on open pastures is 97 percent grass based. The Pastureland brand will be rolled out across all Dairygold Food Ingredients’ products, from dairy powders to cheeses.
Danish dairy farmers succeeded to decrease the number of calves born dead on first calvings of heifers. At year 2001 on average 11.5 percent of calves were born dead, in 2018 year just 7.1 percent of calves were born dead.
The Denmark headquartered dairy cooperative Arla has started the production of an almond/coffee drink for Starbucks. Arla already delivered milk to Starbucks. Arla has plans to start production of more non-milk drinks, only plant juices. In Denmark has started a discussion about if Arla should produce other products than based on milk, or not.
In Sweden in 2018 there was an increase in the amount of organic milk delivered to dairies by 12 percent or 50800 tonnes compared with 2017. In total, 465000 tonnes organic milk was delivered to the dairies. Almost 17 percent of the total milk production in Sweden was organic in 2018. The production of organic drinking milk increased by one percent during 2018 compared with 2017 while the production of acidified milk was almost unchanged. The production of cream increased by 10 percent and the production of cheese decreased slightly, according to the Swedish Board of Agriculture.