The Netherlands: subsidy for dairy farmers milking original Dutch breed

In Holland dairy farmers that milk cows from a threatened original Dutch breed can get a subsidy of 150 euro per cow per year. The subsidy is available for cows of the original Fries Holland (Dutch Friesian) breed, the Red and White Friesian breed, the Groningen White-Headed breed, the Dutch Belted and the Deep-Red breed.

The Netherlands: dairy farmers summoned Rabobank

In Holland, a group of 11 dairy farmers have summoned Rabobank to appear to court because the bank should have warned them for the risk of increasing their dairy farm when they took out a mortgage from the bank. In the years 2013 till 2015 when they took out a mortgage the bank knew already that there would come more strict criteria by law for emission of phosphate but did not warn the farmers for this, they complain. This with the consequence that when the more strict criteria in 2016 became law the farmers were not allowed to fill their new build barns with cows but had them to keep partly empty, the farmers complain. The farmers want from Rabobank compensation, up to millions of euros. Rabobank disagrees with the complaints and states that farmers as companies are responsible for their own business decisions.

The Netherlands: founder and vice president of the European Milk Board sold her cows

The Dutch mrs. Sieta van Keimpema, founder and vice president of the European Milk Board (EMB) has sold her around 70 dairy cows after dairy cooperative Royal FrieslandCampina a few month earlier stopped picking up their milk because the farm did not meet the RFC conditions. 

The Netherlands: analysis of optimum period of use of dairy cows

In Holland financial analyses show that the optimum period of use of dairy cows is eight to nine years which means that the optimum lifetime is ten to eleven years. Increasing the average age of a dairy herd from four to five years means average 560 euro more profit per cow.  

The Netherlands: number of artificial inseminations

In Holland in the twelve months from September 1, 2018 until August 31, 2019 a number of 1984000 artificial inseminations with semen of dairy bulls were done. There were 163000 inseminations with semen from other breeds than Holstein. Of this were 68500 Fleckvieh; 29000 Montbeliarde; 26500 Brown Swiss; 24000 Scandinavian Red; 15000 Jersey.

Irland: government started subsidy programme

The Irish government has started an subsidy programme with the aim to ensure the highest possible dairy calf welfare. This because the strong increase of the number of new born calves this calving season. The investments that can be subsidized are calf feeding systems such as computerized calf feeders, milk carts with mixer and teat feeders, milk heaters, forage racks, troughs, feed barriers and pen dividers. For investments between 1000 and 7500 euro 40 percent subsidies are available.

Finland: Valio and Stora Enso encourage consumers to reduce food waste

In Finland the biggest dairy cooperative Valio and Stora Enso, which is a provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper globally, distribute 10000 durable wood-fiber-based biocomposite lids to encourage consumers to reduce food waste. The reusable lids are used to test wood-based biocomposite in food packaging. The lids will be distributed at Valio’s sales demonstrations. Each year, about one third of the world’s food is wasted or thrown away (Source: FAO). This means waste of resources and unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions. The packaging – and its lid – play an important role in reducing food loss. The lid helps to cover any leftover in the cups and in this way to prevent food waste.

Finland: decreasing consumption of dairy products

In Finland the the consumption of dairy products turned to a decreasing trend in 2016 when consumption of cheeses turned downwards. In 2019 total dairy consumption decreased  3.5 percent compared to 2018. From 2015 to 2019 the total consumption of dairy producs has decreased 8 percent which corresponds with 200 million litres milk. 

Ireland: DCNI regarding NO-Deal-Brexit

The Northern Ireland dairy council (DCNI) warns that in the event of No-Deal Brexit, Northern Ireland’s (NI) dairy industry is facing a major crisis in terms of the ability service profitable markets, to process all milk and support the jobs and livelihoods of more than 3000 farm families across Northern Ireland. DCNI represents milk processors in NI including Dale Farm, Glanbia Cheese, Glanbia Ireland and Lakeland Dairies. These four companies account for over 90 percent of the 2.4 billion (10*9) litres of milk collected from NI farms each year.