The Northern Ireland dairy council (DCNI) warns that in the event of No-Deal Brexit, Northern Ireland’s (NI) dairy industry is facing a major crisis in terms of the ability service profitable markets, to process all milk and support the jobs and livelihoods of more than 3000 farm families across Northern Ireland. DCNI represents milk processors in NI including Dale Farm, Glanbia Cheese, Glanbia Ireland and Lakeland Dairies. These four companies account for over 90 percent of the 2.4 billion (10*9) litres of milk collected from NI farms each year.
The Irish second biggest dairy cooperative Aurivo with around 1000 milk suppliers has started a new fixed milk price scheme, not only for members but for all milk suppliers in Ireland and Northern Ireland that meet the requirement for suppliers. The scheme runs from October 2019 until October 2020. Irish suppliers can for a volume of maximum of ten percent of their 2018 monthly supply get a guaranteed base price of 31.5 eurocents per litre milk. With the average solids of the suppliers this would be a farmers price of 35.6 eurocents per litre milk. This is the fifth year that Aurivo offers a fixed milk price to suppliers.
Denmark will in 2020 introduce a quality label for animal welfare for dairy products, veal and beef. The label Bedre Dyrevelfaerd which means better animal welfare is under auspices of the ministry of food and agriculture and supported by organizations of involved branches, among others farmers and animal welfare organizations. The label is put on consumer product packages. The label has three levels, visible with one two or three heart signs. It is the intention that producers for a higher level get a higher compensation for the extra costs.
The Denmark headquartered dairy cooperative Arla has announced the appointment of two external advisors to its board of directors. They are expected to bring global digital, marketing and technology expertise to complement the strong commercial and farming knowledge of its elected board members, according to Arla. The appointments are mrs. Florence Rollet, a venture partner with LuxuryTechFund in Paris and former board member at French spirits company giant Remy Cointreau; and mrs. Nana Bule, CEO of Microsoft in Denmark and board member at Energinet. So far Arla’s board of directors consists of 15 farmer owners who are elected by the board of representatives and three employee representatives.
The Denmark headquartered dairy cooperative Arla takes in Nigeria part in a new public-private partnership with Kaduna state and the Nigerian government. The state and the national government will offer 1000 nomadic dairy farmers permanent lands with access to water and Arla will be the commercial partner that will purchase, collect, process and bring the local milk to the market.
In Denmark the dairy cooperative Arla his milk crates are turning from a green to a black colour while the footprint of the black crates is greener. The black milk crates are made from 100 percent recycled plastic. The coming year 300 000 black milk crates will be produced from recycled plastic from the car industry. The black crates will in the first year save 250000 kilograms of CO2. Currently there are about two to three million of Arla’s crates in use in Denmark.
The Finnish milk chain operates now totally without soya. Member farms of the biggest co-operative Valio started to use completely soya free feeds in March 2018. Arla Finland followed in July of the same year. Now the whole milk chain uses only soya free feeds, even in calves‘ starter feeds, which were the last ones where soya was replaced by other protein sources. In the late 1980’s soybean imports into Finland were regulated. At that time rapeseed was used as protein source in feeds because soya was expensive and there was not enough soya for every farm. Popularity of rapeseed was boosted by Finnish studies during 80’s and 90’s. When comparing the effects of soybean and rapeseed, it was noticed that the milk production was better with rapeseed than with soya. Compared to soybean also the amino acid composition of rapeseed proved superior in Finnish studies of dairy cow feeding.
The Switzerland headquartered private dairy Emmi strengthens its Latin American business. Surlat, the existing Emmi company in Chile, is merging with competitor Quillayes to form Quillayes Surlat. The newly founded company will be the number four in the Chilean dairy market. Emmi subsidiary Kaiku will hold a majority stake of 51.5 percent in Quillayes Surlat. As a result, Emmi, which holds 73.5 percent of the shares in Kaiku, will have a 37.8 percent stake in Quillayes Surlat. Quillayes produces cheese, yogurt, butter and cream, Surlat’s key segments are UHT milk and other dairy products, particularly in the lactose-free area.
In Switzerland on September 1, swissmilk green has started. Swissmilk green contains new durable and animal welfare conditions for producing milk. On the midterm all swiss milk should be produced according this new standard. The new standard has been signed by several organizations, among others: organizations of farmers, milk processers, distributors, export organizations, animal welfare organizations. One of the aims of swissmilk green is that it will give swiss milk and dairy products a better position in competition with imported milk and dairy products and on export markets. Dairy farms that produces according the conditions of swiss milk green get a premium of about 2.7 eurocent per kilogram milk. Swiss milk green dairy products can be recognized by a special logo.
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.