The Netherlands: claims by environmentalists regarding cattle grazing

Dutch judges have upheld claims by environmentalists that permits for cattle grazing may be necessary. In protest against this, on Monday May 30th, many Dutch dairy farmers did not send their cows out to pasture but kept them inside. Normally, 84 percent of the dairy farms in the Netherlands is pasturing their dairy cows.

Great Britain: farmers get automated mastitis reports

In Great Britain Dairy farmers can now access automated mastitis reports about their herd from their milk recording. Somatic cell count and clinical mastitis treatment records will be analysed and the results made available to farmers after each milk recording. The reports allow farmers and their vets to identify the pattern of mastitis in their herd and control measures to be focused on where they are most effective.

Ireland: conditions of derogation permit

In Ireland dairy farmers that got a derogation permit are not allowed to plough grassland after May 31. This is one of the conditions that were made by the European Commission to give nitrate derogation to Ireland. Farmers that have derogation are allowed to use 250 kilogram nitrogen out of manure per hectare. Without derogation this would be 170 kilogram.

Denmark: increasing emissions from livestock expected

The Danish Energy Agency has published a report that shows that the emissions from livestock are expected to increase from 4.1 million tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2020 to 4.4 million tonnes in 2030. This is due to „an expected increase in the population of special dairy cattle“ as well as an „increased milk yield“ from the cows, according to the projection. However: the Danish dairy farmers organization LDM after deeper analysing the projection got exactly the opposite result.

Finland: market research on dairy farms

In Finland according to a recent report published by the market research company Kantar TNS Agri by 2030 there will be about half of the current farms left i.e. 2315 farms, and there will be 89 cows per farm in average. The total number of cows will decrease by almost 30000 by 2027, to less than 220000 cows. However: about 25 percent of the dairy farms are planning to invest in the next five years, that is, to build a new barn or expand and/or renovate an old one.

Finland: Valio updates bonus programme


The biggest dairy cooperative Valio is updating its sustainability bonus programme for dairy farms on May 1st 2023. Farms can receive additional pay for milk for grazing their cattle and giving them access to outdoor activity, for farming practices supporting biodiversity, and for efforts aiming to reduce the farm’s carbon footprint. Valio launched the sustainability bonus programme in 2018 to encourage dairy farms to carry out sustainability actions that go beyond the statutory requirements. Previously, the sustainability bonus was two cents per litre of milk; now it will be possible for farms to earn an additional cent by combining various actions. More than 70% of Valio farms graze their cattle, and about 80 percent of the farms have either pasturage or exercise yards.

Spain: get financial aid for milk producers

Spanish farmers that produce cow, sheep and or goat milk can get financial aid of total 169 million euro to support milk producers affected by the input costs increase caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the related sanctions. For this the Spanish government has got approval from the European Commission. Milk producers can get a subsidy of 210 euro per cow for the first 40 animals, 140 euro for any additional cows up to a limit of 180 cows and 100 euro per cow beyond 180 cows. The subsidy for sheep is 15 euro and for goat 10 euro. The maximum subsidy per farm is 35000 euro.

Germany: ife data April/March

In Germany in April compared to March 2022 the raw material or compound value of milk at farm increased 6.6 eurocent to 67.5 eurocent per kilogram milk with 4.0 percent fat and 3.4 percent protein (exclusive VAT). This is 31.3 eurocent more than in the same month one year before. The highest future price of milk for the next 18 months on the Kieler Börsenmilchwert European Energy Exchange is the price for May 2022 at 66.5 eurocent. The lowest future price is the price for July 2023 until November 2023 at 57.9 eurocent.