In Ireland, where by far most dairy cows are spring calving, in the first four weeks of April 1188000 dairy calves were born, 52600 more than in the same period last year.
In Ireland the second biggest dairy cooperative Aurivo with around 1000 milk suppliers supplying nearly 500 million litres of milk per year, has last five years cut carbon emissions by 50 percent or 25000 tonnes per year. Among others this was realized by using woodchips and gas instead of oil for heating milk, using a heat pump to reduce the use of fossil oil.
In Ireland, research of Teagasc shows greenhouse gas emissions of pasturing cattle are lower than the figures the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) uses. According to those figures up to 41 percent of nitrous oxide produced from Irish agriculture comes from urine and dung deposited by grazing animals while according to Teagasc this is only 23 percent.
In Northern-Ireland the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute at Hillsborough states that regional grown field beans can replace half of the imported soya and rape seed in dairy cow diets, up to five kilogram per cow per day. Doing this would reduce the cost of dairy cow rations, and could reduce the carbon footprint of the Northern Irish dairy industry.
In Sweden in 2019 the number of organic certified cattle increased six percent compared to the previous year. At year-end, there were 276440 KRAV-certified organic cattle in Sweden. The figure includes both dairy cows and heifers, calves and bulls raised for meat production.
In Finland during 2019 a number of 11714 raw milk samples were tested for antimicrobial residues. Antimicrobial residues were detected in 55 samples which is 0.5 percent. In 2018 this was 0.2 percent.
In Switzerland the demand for milk this April is expected to be bigger than in other years. To be able to answer the extra demand, the Swiss milk producers organization Mooh has for April lowered the deduction for the volume of milk that is produced more than the volume of the supply contract with 4 Rappen (3.80 eurocent) per kilogram. With some 4100 milk producers, the Mooh cooperative is a leading milk producers organisation in Switzerland. It delivers around 1.5 million kg of milk to its customers on a daily basis.
Swiss butter stocks have become much smaller compared to previous years. Mid-March there were 575 tonnes butter in stock, compared to 2835 tonnes one year before and 3901 two years before. Swiss butter production in 2019 was 40000 tonnes which was five percent less than in 2018. Market experts forecast that mid 2020 Switzerland will have a short of butter and will have to import butter to fill the domestic demand.
In France the umbrella organization of the dairy industry CNIEL will encourage dairy farmers to limit milk production with two to five percent because of the corona crisis. CNIEL will pay them for not delivered milk a price of up to 32 cents per litre. For this CNIEL has made funds available of ten million euro.
The France headquartered private dairy Danone has introduced vegan varieties of Activa and Danio yogurt and soft curd cheese.
The Austrian dairy cooperative Vorarlberg has announced a program in which dairy farms have to decrease their milk production. Because of Covid 19 the dairy has lost most demand from hotels, restaurants and catering.
In Germany in March compared to February the raw material or compound value of milk at farm decreased 3.4 eurocent to 32.1 eurocent per kilogram milk with 4.0 percent fat and 3.4 percent protein (exclusive VAT). This is 1.2 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 September and October 2021 at 30.8 eurocent. The lowest future price is the price for May 2020 at 25.4 eurocent. www.ife-ev.de
In Germany one of the biggest discounters Aldi has made an agreement with suppliers of cow milk to pay during the coming six months with five eurocent per litre more. A few weeks earlier German dairy farmers with tractors have across the country blocked several distribution centers of the discounter Aldi because Aldi announced to lower the consumer price of dairy products.
The southern German dairy cooperative Berchtesgadener Land is since January paying two eurocent per kilogram milk less for milk from cows that are year round housed in stanchion barns. This because this milk does no longer fit in the marketing of the dairy.
In Germany in 2019 a volume of 1184742 tonnes organic cow milk was supplied from farms to dairies. This was 6.0 percent more than in 2018. In dairies the production of organic drink milk increased 6.5 percent, the production of organic cheese increased 6.8 percent but the production of organic butter fell 11.5 percent.
In Germany a study of the LALLF M-V shows that dairy cows often take in much more copper than is needed. Lactating cows have average a daily demand of 230 milligrams copper in their ration.
The biggest German dairy cooperative DMK has sold its daughter company Sanotact to the German Flotte Holding. Sanotact is is with around 200 employees producing a broad spectrum: from functional confectionery, especially glucose and breath mints, to food supplements. The sale is another step to focus more on dairy products, according DMK.
The German umbrella organization of nationwide 135 organizations of dairy producers Bayern MeG has called on dairy farmers to do everything possible to decrease the volume of milk production because there is a surplus of milk already and the surplus threatens to grow because of the corona crisis. Also dairy cooperatives ask their members to decrease their milk production. The German organization of dairy farmers BDM calls for the implementation of a temporary reduction in milk deliveries.
In Germany, after two years of increasing the sales of organic milk with 18 and 19 percent, in 2019 the sales increased six percent.