Austria: sheep and goat milk

Austria had in 2019 28200 milk sheep which was 0.6 percent less than in 2018. Average milk production was 432 kilogram which was 3.4 percent less than in 2018. Together they produced 12200 tons of milk which was four percent less than in 2018. Of this 9900 tons (80.9 %) was used for human consumption and 2200 tons (18.1 %) was fed to animals and one percent was booked as lost.
Austria had in 2019 a number of 39000 milk goats which was one percent more than in 2018. Together they produced 26500 tons of milk which was 1.6 percent more than in 2018. Average milk production was 680 kilogram (+0.6%). Of the total production of 26500 tons 23700 tons (89.5%) was used for human consumption and 2500 tons or 9.5 percent was fed to animals.

Austria: dairy/cow milk data 2019

In Austria in 2019 the production of cow milk decreased one percent to 3781000 tons. Of this volume 89.3 percent went to processing dairies. Of the rest of 244000 tons or 6.5 percent was on the farm fed to calves and other animals and 122000 tons or 3.2 percent was on the farm processed and or direct used or sold for human consumption.
In Austria in 2019 the number of dairy cows decreased 2.1 percent to 527000 head and their average milk production increased 1.1 percent to 7200 kilogram.
Austrian dairies took in 2019 a volume of 584974 tons organic milk in. This was 18.6 percent of the total milk intake and 16611 tons or 2.9 percent more than in 2018. Production of almost all organic dairy products increased. Production of organic drink milk increased 9.9 million kilogram or eight percent to 130 million kilogram. Main increase was made with pasteurized drink milk with 3.5 percent fat. Production of this increased 7.4 million kilogram. Main part of organic drink milk was still extended shelf life (E.S.L.) milk with 3.5 percent fat. Of this was 71.6 million kilogram produced.

Austria: milk – production data 2019

In Austria in 2019 the production of cow milk decreased one percent to 3781000 tons. Of this volume 89.3 percent went to processing dairies. Of the rest of 244000 tons or 6.5 percent was on the farm fed to calves and other animals and 122000 tons or 3.2 percent was on the farm processed and or direct used or sold for human consumption.

Germany: ife-data

In Germany in June compared to May the raw material or compound value of milk at farm increased 3.0 eurocent to 28.8 eurocent per kilogram milk with 4.0 percent fat and 3.4 percent protein (exclusive VAT). This is 2.2 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 December 2021 at 33.9 eurocent. The lowest future price is the price for July 2020 at 31.1 eurocent. www.ife-ev.de

Germany: research on lactation period

In Germany, research of the university of Rostock during four years with 3000 cows shows that cows that after their first lactation had a dry period of eight weeks instead of six weeks later produce more milk. In 100 days the eight week cows produced 4224 kilogram milk compared to 4155 kilogram milk of the six week cows. In 305 days the eight week cows produced 300 kilogram more milk.

Belgium: average somatic cell count and bacterial count of milk

In the Belgian region Flanders, the northern half of Belgium where about two third percent of the Belgian dairy cows are home, in 2019 the average somatic cell count of milk was with 193000 for the first time less than 200000 cells per millilitre. The bacterial count went down from 10600 to 9600 colony forming units (cfu) per millilitre.

Belgium: Milcobel stops marketing VLO milk

In Belgium, half a year after the start, the biggest dairy cooperative Milcobel stops marketing VLOG milk. Important conditions for meeting the VLOG standard are that participating dairy farmers give their cows feed that is free from gene technology. Additionally participants apply full outside grazing at their farms. Also, the dairy processor has to guarantee that this milk is processed in a separate milk stream. The VLOG milk was produced by 200 dairy farms that annual produced 120 million kilogram VLOG milk for which they received a premium of one eurocent per kilogram. Milcobel states that it cannot make enough profit with VLOG milk compared to the extra costs.

Belgium: Milcobel remodels company structure

The Belgian biggest dairy cooperative Milcobel will remodel its company structure to three business units. This will save ten percent of the costs of the senior management, Milcobel states. The aim is to save in 2020 five percent and in 2021 ten percent on fixed costs. Milcobel has seven sites in Belgium and France and takes in annual 1.7 billion (10*9) litres milk (40 of the Belgian milk production) from 2525 dairy farms. The cooperative has 2000 employees. Dairy products are exported to more than 100 countries.

The Netherlands: new derogation permit for dairy farms

Holland has from the EU got a new derogation permit for dairy farms for 2020 and 2021. Individual farms can apply for derogation. They need to have at least 80 pasture. On sandy and loess soils they are allowed to use 230 kilogram nitrogen out of manure and on other soils 250 kilogram. Without derogation this would be 170 kilogram. Use of phosphate fertilizer is forbidden. When pasture is renewed 50 kilogram nitrogen less is allowed, when pasture is changed to land for maize 65 kilogram less nitrogen is allowed. Manure has to be injected in the soil, however on peat and clay soils manure can be added with trailing shoe technology but with the condition that this is only allowed with a temperature below 20 degrees Celsius.

The Netherlands: RFC closes facility in Rijkevoort

In Holland, the dairy cooperative Royal FrieslandCampina intends to close its facility in Rijkevoort in the Netherlands on October 1st 2020. As a result all 86 jobs will be redundant. The production facility in Rijkevoort produces, among other things, foil-ripened cheese. The decision to definitely close the Rijkevoort site was taken because of the current production capacity of FrieslandCampina Dairy Essentials in relation to new insights into future milk volume developments. Moreover, cost considerations play an important role. As a result of the closure, no new jobs will be created at other sites of FrieslandCampina.

The Netherlands: report on cows suffering on pneumonia

The Dutch animal health service GD reports that in recent years dairy cows more often suffer on heavy pneumonia caused by the bacteria Mannheimia haemolytica. The bacteria is present in the nose of almost all cows. Stress seems to be an important trigger of the disease. The disease can within hours suddenly spring up and kill several cows in a heard in a few days.