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"Policy for the dairy industry is a hotch pot of bad compromises"
Policy for the dairy industry is a hotch pot of bad compromises without a clear vision and real choices. This is the opinion of Frits van der Schans, senior advisor Dairy with the Dutch Center of Agriculture and Environment. He wants a clear vision for a sustainable sector that has its basis in land based, grazing and family businesses. "Rural life will be good again with land based dairy management"
Read full article (Dutch) >> from magazine Melkvee.
The future of dairy farming according to Joep Driessen
I too believe in land based family businesses with grazing. However, I also believe in much better housing and knowledge. We can make dairy management much more efficient: we can reduce antibiotics use, add two more lactations per cow and reduce our youngstock by half. To achieve this, it is essential that we share best management practices. Ideally, yearly training for farmers becomes the standard.
Practically, these are some focus points that we need to focus on now:
- Ban mats and only use deep, soft bedding for cows: a lot less lameness and wounds
- Use a stress-free calving line: a minimum of 5% of the animals has a straw yard of 10m2 per cow
- One bed and one feeding space per cow
- Obligatory training in claw trimming and a treatment box
The future of dairy farming according to you
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