France: European Court decision regarding „country of origin of milk“ on packaging

The European Court has decided that France is not allowed to oblige dairies to write the country of origin of milk on the packing. According to the European Court this obligation is only allowed when there is a clear relation between the country of origin and the quality of the milk.

France: Danone sells its stake in Yakult

The France headquartered private dairy Danone has finalized the sale of its 6.61 percent stake in Yakult Honsha Co. Ltd. Yakult is a global leader in probiotics, headquartered and listed in Japan. The transaction resulted in a total gross consideration of JPY58 billion, representing 470 million euro. Danone’s collaboration with Yakult began in 2004. In 2018 Danone divested most of its 21.29 percent stake in the company.

Italy: cow produced more than 200 000 kilogram milk

Italy had its first cow that produced more than 200 000 kilogram milk. The black and white Holstein Friesian Ronchi Lee Lea. She produced in 4503 days 203600 kilogram milk with 3.44 percent fat and 3.22 percent protein. Last time she calved was 3.5 years ago. In this eight’ lactation she produced more than 40 000 kilogram milk.

Germany: ife-data September

In Germany in September compared to August the raw material or compound value of milk at farm increased 1.2 eurocent to 31.1 eurocent per kilogram milk with 4.0 percent fat and 3.4 percent protein (exclusive VAT). This is 0.3 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 April 2022 at 33.2 eurocent. The lowest future price is the price for October 2020 at 31.4 eurocent.

Germany: DMK fixes milk price

In Germany, after a pilot last year, now starting November member farms of the biggest German dairy cooperative DMK can fix the future milk price of 30 percent of their monthly production volume. DMK will offer a fix price for the next twelve months. Farms can fix their price for this period for a maximum volume of 30 percent of their production.

Belgium: Milcobel closes production line in Schoten

The Belgian biggest dairy cooperative Milcobel will stop the production of dairy drinks on its site in the town of Schoten. This because the production line in Schoten is not up to date anymore and Milcobel is losing money with dairy drinks. The measure is in line with restructure program to save in 2020 five percent on fixed costs. With the closure 167 employees are losing their job.

The Netherlands: RFC „On the Way to PlantProof“

In Holland the dairy cooperative Royal FrieslandCampina will offer milk that is produced under the conditions of On the Way to PlanetProof‘ directly from the farm to other dairies. In this way RFC is responding to the increasing market demand for milk that meets strict requirements for animals, nature and climate, RFC states. RFC does current not have space for more Planet Proof milk from member farms. However: RFC its member dairy farmers have growing interest to produce more sustainable milk. Starting in 2018, current more than 600 members are participating under the independent ‚On the Way to PlanetProof‘ label. Dairy farmers who supply milk under the label receive an extra payment for their milk.

The Netherlands: dairy farms becomeless intensive

Dutch dairy farms became in seven years less intensive according to Dutch Statistics. In 2019 44 percent of the farms kept less than two livestock units (2 cows) per hectare available land. In 2013 this was 35 percent. Also the percentage of farms with more than two livestock units per hectare is going down.

The Netherlands: research on barns flooring systems

In Holland regional practical research on farms shows that in cow barns flooring systems that have been developed and are certified to have a lower ammonia emission may in practise not always have a lower ammonia emission than conventional slatted floors. This provisional statement has been made after in barns with a low emission floor ammonia concentrations have been measured that are higher than in conventional barns. The compounding of the manure seems to have more influence on the ammonia concentration.

The Netherlands: competetition between dairies – taste vs price

In Holland the CEO of the Holland headquartered dairy cooperative Royal FrieslandCampina has stated that dairies should not compete on base of durability because that is a race to the bottom with supermarkets as the winner. Instead of this dairies can better compete on base of taste of their products because than consumers can choose their preference.

Ireland: average calving interval 2020/2019

In Ireland in 2020 the average calving interval was 387 days which is three days less than in 2019. On the top ten percent of the dairy farms in 2020 the calving interval was 364 days. This top ten realized a six week calving rate of 86 percent. For all dairy farms, like in 2019 also in 2020 the six week calving rate was 65 percent. To compare: in 2009 this was 53 percent. Of the heifers, 71 percent got it first calf between 22 and 26 months of age, two percent more than last year. Source: Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF).