The future of dairy farming

The future of dairy farming

Picture is part of article by Melkvee

"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

We would love to hear what you think! What is your vision for the dairy industry? Where do you think we need to focus on? Please share your thoughts below.

Comments (7)

the farmer

I agree on the necessity of keeping this activity at "family farm level", but we, (all of us) we are doing not enough for that. Money of the European contributor (citizen) are spent on sustaining dairy farm with 600-1000 milking cows (industrial farms). The impact is huge negative:
1. social impact- is reducing dramatically the number of the family can live inside area, doing cow farming activity.
2. negative impact on environment
3. the subsidies are wrong distributed, because a farm having such big number of cows have a high level of equipment (tractors, milking parlor, feeding technology etc.) so by consequences a level of income (and by consequences of profit) high enough to not need any support further from EU citizens money.
One of the consequences of this EU policy (continuing to support big farms with big money) are that the milk production is developing much faster then milk consumption. The milk price is dropping, and the first who die is the family farm. In this time EU commissioner, continue to speak about sustaining family farms, and in the same time, continue to pay a CHUBBY CHECK to the BIG OWNERS.

Peter harland

This is absolutely correct. One problem is that we "dairy farmers" are in a race to cut costs of production, but you know, the cheaper we can produce milk the less we will get paid for it. We need to focus on efficiency but also, quality of our product, from well cared for animals, by happy farmers to a quality healthy end product that consumers value.

Joep Driessen

Thanks to both of you for giving your opinion. Very interesting to read what everyone thinks!

shashi

wonderful information, I had come to know about your blog from my friend nandu , hyderabad,i have read atleast 7 posts of yours by now, and let me tell you, your website gives the best and the most interesting information. This is just the kind of information that i had been looking for, i'm already your rss reader now and i would regularly watch out for the new posts, once again hats off to you! Thanks a ton once again, Regards, gir cow A2 Milk in Nashik

Joep Driessen

shashi wrote:

wonderful information, I had come to know about your blog from my friend nandu , hyderabad,i have read atleast 7 posts of yours by now, and let me tell you, your website gives the best and the most interesting information. This is just the kind of information that i had been looking for, i'm already your rss reader now and i would regularly watch out for the new posts, once again hats off to you! Thanks a ton once again, Regards, gir cow A2 Milk in Nashik

Hi Sashi, Thanks so much for the compliment, it means a lot for us to hear the information we share is useful! Welcome the the CowSignals Community :)

Modern Dairy Machines

A wonderful outline of the future scope of dairy farming, gathered together from various sources and could sense the fresh feel of the blog. This article is very convincing and will effectively support the farmers who are into it. Top-notch work!

Joep Driessen

Modern Dairy Machines wrote:
A wonderful outline of the future scope of dairy farming, gathered together from various sources and could sense the fresh feel of the blog. This article is very convincing and will effectively support the farmers who are into it. Top-notch work!

Thanks! Supporting the farmers is what we are all about; they deserve it.

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