The Dutch dairy cooperative Royal FrieslandCampina has introduced its first plant-based product for The Netherlands: an oats drink for coffees.
The Dutch government has release the policy than nitrogen emission has to decreased up to 100 percent in vulnerable nature areas (Nature 2000 areas) and 70 percent around this areas. The government expects that as a result of the policy in 2030 Holland will house 30 percent less dairy cows.
In Holland in 2021 more than 600 dairy farms were processing milk into dairy products. That is 50 farms more than in 2020. In 2021 the milk processing dairy farms processed together 174 million kilogram milk, 1.3 percent of the total Dutch milk production.
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.
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.
Great Britain a survey of major milk buyers shows that in April 2022 there were a number of 7880 dairy farms which is 2.0 percent less than one year before. Average they produce 1.57 million litres milk a year.
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.
Ireland had on March 31, 2022 a number of 15973 dairy herds. Together they had 1649362 dairy cows. A number of 1429 herds housed more than 200 cows; 4769 herds had 100 to 200 cows; 6176 herds had 50 to 100 cows; 2644 herds had 25 to 50 cows and 955 herds had 1 to 25 cows.( Source: Irisch Department of Agriculture.)
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.
In Sweden the carbon footprint of farm milk at delivery is one kilogram carbon dioxide equivalents CO2e, according to an investigation of the Swedish dairy cooperative Skanemejerier.
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.
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.
In a forecast for 2022 the European Commission does not expect that in 2022 the milk production in the EU will increase, despite higher milk prices. Milk production per cow is expected to increase one percent but the number of dairy cows is expected to decrease one percent.
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.
Austria had on January 1, 2022 a number of 76 companies that process milk 48000 kilogram milk a year or more. This is two less than one year before and 12 less than ten years before.
Austria had ultimo 2022 a number of 23868 milk supplying dairy farms which is 777 farms less than one year before and 12592 or 35 percent less than then years before.
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.
In Germany in 2021 milk supply to dairies was 32 million tons which was 1.9 percent less than in 2020. Of the supply 31.2 million tons was of German origin.
In Germany in 2021 compared to 2020 the consumption of milk per capita decreased 2.2 kilogram to 47.8 kilogram. Cheese consumption stayed equal with 25.3 kilogram, butter consumption fell 200 gram to 6.1 kilogram per capita.
Germany had 2021 a number of 54800 dairy farms, which was around 2500 less than in 2020. Together they kept 3.83 million cows which was two percent less than in 2020. Average milk production was 8488 kilogram per cow.