In Ireland, Danone’s facility in Wexford is the first baby formula production site in the world to be certified carbon neutral by the Carbon Trust, an independent global climate change and sustainability consultancy. This is a step towards achieving Danone’s goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2050. Danone Wexford employs 350 people. Danone employs a total of almost 700 people in Ireland. Wexford produces leading brands for consumers in 41 countries around the world. The plant sources 100 percent renewable electricity and uses a biomass boiler powered by sustainable wood fuels. This has resulted in 10.000 tons of CO2 savings compared to the plant’s emissions in 2010, representing a 70% reduction in its direct carbon footprint, whilst doubling its production volumes since then. Since the end of 2019 the remaining direct carbon emissions of the plant have been fully offset with Gold Standard certificates. All waste from production processes or packaging materials is recovered.
The Irish National Milk Agency reports that in 2019 Irish dairy farms supplied a volume of 7986 million litres milk to dairies. This was an increase of 401 million litres or five percent compared to 2018. Of the supplied milk 95 percent was processed for dairy products, five percent was processed for liquid consumption. Of the farm milk 78 percent was supplied from March till September and 22 percent from October to February.
Ireland had in 2019 a number of 16146 dairy farms. In 2019 average dairy farm had 80 cows. To compare: in 2010 average Irish dairy farm had 64 cows. In 2019 the average milk production per hectare was 11799 litres. The average dairy stocking rate has increased from 1.90 livestock units per hectare in 2010 to 2.09 livestock units in 2019. The average family farm income was 66570 euro, which was nine percent more than in 2018, according to Teagasc.
In Denmark, research of the university of Aarhus shows that light lame cows recover sooner on straw than on a hard floor. After four weeks on hard floors of the lame cows still 73 percent was lame, on straw 40 percent. On straw 46 percent of the cows recovered totally, on harder floors only 16 percent.
In Finland all the cattle born after January 1, 2021 must have electronic ear tags on one ear. The other ear tag can be no electronic tag. Initially this should have been obligated in 2020 but the legislation was postponed because not the whole cattle chain was ready to fullfill all the requirements.
In Finland milk in 2019 milk consumption fell by about five per cent from the previous year. The same happened in 2018. The consumption of skimmed milk decreased by almost eight per cent, low fat milk by about four per cent and whole milk by one per cent. In total, an average of 102 liters of milk was used per capita last year. The proportions of use of different types of milk remained unchanged: 57 percent skimmed milk, 30 percent low fat milk and just over 10 percent whole milk. On average, consumption of dairy products either fell slightly or remained unchanged. Consumption of sour milk, yogurt and cream decreased by a few percent. Consumption of other milk-based fresh products, such as flavored curds, increased. In 2019, a total of 148 kilogram of liquid dairy products were used per capita, which is about four percent less than in the previous year. Cheese consumption decreased slightly and was about 25 kilogram per capita. The consumption of butter was also slightly less than in the previous year, 3.3 kilogram per capita.
Switzerland had in 2019 a number of 554588 dairy cows which was 1.7 percent less than one year before and 19 percent less than 20 years before (1999). Of the dairy cows in 2019 were 60650 or 11 percent organic dairy cows.
In the EU in the first three months of 2020 was delivered dairy farms 36.18 million tonnes milk which means a growth of 2.8 percent compared to the first three months in 2019. However: this year had an extra day (February 29). Revised to the number of days last year the increase was 1.7 percent.
In France the dairy cooperative Eurial will use the rebuilding of a burned cheese plant for increasing production capacity from 16000 to 24000 tonnes mozzarella per year after 2022. The plant is located in Lucon, half way between Nantes and Bordeaux.
In Austria in 2019 average milk production of 360277 recorded cows was 7792 kilogram milk with 4.13 percent fat and 3.42 percent protein. (Source: ZAR)
In Germany in May compared to April the raw material or compound value of milk at farm decreased 1.2 eurocent to 25.8 eurocent per kilogram milk with 4.0 percent fat and 3.4 percent protein (exclusive VAT). This is 6.2 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 33.6 eurocent. The lowest future price is the price for June 2020 at 29.8 eurocent. www.ife-ev.de
German and Swiss research shows that Holstein Friesian calves can have a recessive gene disorder that causes congenital skin lesions.
In Germany the corona measures had a positive influence on the sale of dairy products in supermarkets. In March sales of consumption milk increased even 21.6 percent. In the first four months of 2020 the sales were five percent more than in the same period in 2019.
Belgian producers of concentrate feeds produced in 2019 a volume of 1.2 million tons cattle feed of which almost half was dairy cattle feed.
In Belgium, scientists of the the Flanders Research Institute for agriculture, fisheries and food (ILVO) have found bacteria that have both a strong relationship with maize and stimulate plant-growth under cold circumstances. They hope that in future by treating seeds with these bacteria before planting, they can improve sprouting in the spring, when the weather is still quite cold and to help accelerate early growth and diminish sensitivity to disease.
In the Belgian region Flanders, the northern half of Belgium where about 60 percent of the Belgian dairy cows are home, the six percent to 3364 head. To compare: in 2015 this were 1141 head.
In Holland 95 percent of the dairy farmers states that he is about sure that he next year will buy (concentrate) feed from the same supplier as last year, survey of Geelen shows. The most important reasons to keep the same feed supplier are coaching and advice (53%); confidence (39 %); feed quality (28 %); price (17%).
In Holland the genetic increase of the yield of silage maize rye grass varieties in 25 years variety comparison is average 173 kilogram dry matter per hectare per year, analyses of Wageningen University & Research shows. Above this there was an non-genetic increase of 65 kilogram dry matter per hectare per year. So the average total increase was 238 kilogram dry matter per hectare per year. The main factors of the non-genetic increase are earlier planting and higher temperature during the growing season. However: practical farming showed an average increase of only 195 kilogram dry matter per hectare per year.
In Holland the genetic increase of the yield of rye grass varieties in 40 years variety comparison is average 44 kilogram dry matter per hectare per year, analyses of Wageningen University & Research shows. However: practical farming does not show a steady yield increase. On practical farms the yield per hectare per year was 1600 kilogram or 13 percent dry matter less.
The Dutch animal health service Royal GD has set up minimum and maximum levels of copper in tank milk samples. The critical minimum level is 20 micrograms per litre tank milk, the critical maximum level is 80 micrograms per litre milk.