EU: average milk production of dairy cows – figures

In the EU in 2021 the average milk production of dairy cows was 7682 kilogram. In 2020 this was 7509 kilogram. In Denmark cows had the highest average milk production: 10097 kilogram, in Romania cows had the lowest average production with 3362 kilogram milk. Total milk production in the EU had in 2021 a volume of 155.2 million tons, which was 0.8 million tons more than in the previous year.

Spain: dairy farmers filed claim with cartel

In Spain, a group of dairy farmers has filed a claim with ten dairies that had formed a cartel to keep farmer’s milk prices low. These ten companies have already been reprimanded by the Spanish competition authority. Claims from a total of 7000 dairy farmers may follow and the total claim amount may rise to 800 million euro.

France: Lactalis has bought Brazilian joint venture Dairy Partners Americas (DPA)

The France headquartered private dairy Lactalis has bought from Nestlé and Fonterra their Brazilian joint venture Dairy Partners Americas (DPA). Fonterra and Nestlé created DPA in 2003 to manufacture and commercialise dairy products throughout Latin America. In 2014, the joint venture refocused its activities on Brazil and chilled dairy. Fonterra has a 51 percent stake and Nestlé a 49 percent stake in the joint venture. DPA operates two plants and employs 1300 people.

Germany: ife data October – November

In Germany in November compared to October 2022 the raw material or compound value of milk at farm has fallen 6.1 eurocent to 51.9 eurocent per kilogram milk with 4.0 percent fat and 3.4 percent protein (exclusive VAT). This is 1.8 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 December 2022 at 45.3 eurocent. The lowest future price is the price for February and March 2023 at 42.9 eurocent.

Germany: breeding value figure for persistence of milk production for dairy farmers

In Germany, dairy farmers can use a breeding value figure for persistence of milk production from April 2023. More and more German dairy farms are no longer striving for one calf per cow every year, which means that calving intervals are getting longer. A longer calving interval is only attractive if cows maintain a high level of milk production over a longer period.

The Netherlands: RFC – cooperation to establish Philippine-Netherlands Dairy Excellence Centre

The Holland headquartered dairy cooperative Royal FrieslandCampina, de Dutch Belgian breeding cooperation CRV have in the Philippines in cooperation with the Philippine Department of Agriculture, the National Dairy Authority, and the University of the Philippines Los Baños Dairy Training and Research Institute established the Philippine-Netherlands Dairy Excellence Centre. This centre of expertise aims to improve dairy production in the Philippines and to make it more sustainable by bringing together relevant parties and by sharing Dutch dairy expertise with local dairy farmers, governments, academics, students, as well as others.

The Netherlands: figures regarding BVD on dairy farms

In Holland, in June 2022 of the dairy farms 85.9 percent was free or unsuspected of bovine virus diarrhoea (BVD). One year before this was 83.1 percent. In June was 78.0 percent of the dairy farms free or unsuspected of infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR). One year before this was 77.2 percent.

The Netherlands: government wants to raise water level in peat areas – consequences for dairy farms

The Dutch government wants to raise the water level in peat areas to reduce CO2 emissions. This will have consequences for the many dairy farms located in so called peat meadow areas. Due to the higher water level, the bearing capacity of the soil decreases and the forage production of the land will be much lower.

The Netherlands: research on calves‘ growth

In Holland, research of Schothorst Feed Research shows that calves that have a higher growth before weaning produce more milk during the first three lactations. Calves with a growth of 500 grams per day, 500 till 750 grams and calves with more than 750 grams growth per day compared shows that 100 grams extra growth results in 109 kilogram fat corrected milk or 9.4 kilogram butterfat extra during the first lactation. However: there was much variety. Birth weight did not have influence.

The Netherland: research on cow behaviour in relation to temperatur and humidity

In Holland at the university of Utrecht research shows that the behaviour of cows is changing with a changing temperature and humidity of the environment of the cow. When cows normal eat six hours a day this was during hot days 1.5 hours less. When cows lay eleven days a day, during hot days this was almost one hour less. Behaviour was changing when temperature increased to more than 12 degrees Celsius.

Great Britain: dairy related data

Great Britain had in October 2022 a number of 7850 dairy farms which was 150 farms or 1.9 percent less than one year before. They average produced 1.57 million litres milk per year. Together they housed 1.66 million dairy cows which was 13500 cows or 0.8 percent less than in October 2021. However: the number of youngstock increased 18400 or two percent.

Great Britain: government launched Slurry Infrastructure Grant

In England the government has launched the first round of its Slurry Infrastructure Grant with about 15 million euro being made available for farmers to apply for match funding grants of between 29 000 and 290 000 euro towards the cost of building, replacing or expanding slurry storage to achieve six months capacity.

Scotland: Royal DSM constructs new manufacturing facility

In Scotland, the Holland headquartered Royal DSM has begun construction of a new manufacturing facility at its site in Dalry to increase the production of Bovaer, a methane reducing feed additive for cattle. Bovaer can achieve an average enteric methane reduction of 30 percent in dairy cows, and 45 percent in beef cattle.