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Dear dairy farmers and interested parties,

Spring cleaning in Danish politics: Six months after Denmark’s new right-wing Minister for the Environment and Agriculture, Eva Kjer Hansen, entered into office, she started a thorough overhaul of the Danish special legal provisions.

Originally, the Danish Government had confiscated 50,000 hectares of agricultural land for crop-free buffer zones along all water courses. They have been released again in two stages so that they can be cultivated again in the coming summer. The total agricultural area in Denmark is some 2.6 million hectares.

A phase-out of the constricting Danish fertilizer rules was promised. The rules are so restrictive that growing grain for bread has been impossible for several years as the protein content is too low. The first stage of the phasing out has to take place before the spring planting.

However, the Danish Act on keeping dairy cattle and their offspring is still valid, and no significant changes are planned. Stanchion or stall barns will no longer be allowed after 1 July 2022. As of this date, livestock is to be kept in free stalls. The dimensions of the cubicles in free stalls are governed by the Act on keeping dairy cattle and, unfortunately, many of the existing stables do not meet the new requirements. The National Association of Danish Milk Producers, Landsforeningenaf Danske Mælkeproducenter (LDM), would prefer that politicians do not interfere with the detailed design of stalls and other production facilities, but so far there has been no sign that the wishes of Danish milk producers will be accommodated in this matter.

The crisis of Danish agriculture is, unfortunately, so severe that political concessions are not enough to save the farmers, the entire industry still depends on a price increase. The financial challenges of approximately 1,600 Danish farmers out of a total of roughly 10,000 full-time farms are so severe that they risk being closed by financing institutions.

The situation of the Danish dairy farmers is desperate; the reports from the other countries in this issue of the newsletter give no cause for hope either. So it was all the more important that we met with Pope Francis at the Vatican in late January: he encouraged us dairy farmers to carry on fighting for fair, sustainable agriculture.

Kjartan Poulsen, Member of the EMB Board and President of LDM Denmark

Press release: EMB attends audience in Vatican

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Pope Francis supports milk producers in their struggle for a fair and sustainable agricultural system

 

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Answer of EU Commission President Juncker

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EU Commission President Juncker has replied to our open letter of 23rd November, in which we call attention to the difficult situation of dairy farms in Europe and ask for Agriculture Commissioner Hogan to be removed from his office.

 

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France: Causes of a prolonged crisis in milk production. Ways to ensure a collective exit

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Extract from the letter from APLI Brittany, January 2016 (in French).

 

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Ireland: Huge concern amongst dairy farmers

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Irish dairy farmers are hugely concerned regarding current and future milk price as well as the effects on cash flow which is impacting on day to day running of dairy farms.  Milk price paid to dairy farmers for December 2015 milk from dairy processors was 24-26 cents per litre down from 30-32 cpl a year previous.

 

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Dense situation for Suisse dairy farmers

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It has been 10 years since the early phasing-out of milk quotas ushered in a new era in the dairy market in Switzerland. From that moment on, the dairy sector has struggled with a single problem: Milk volume produced does not match demand.

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As a dairy farmer at the "We are fed up" demonstration

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On January 16, a large demonstration was held under the slogan "We are fed up - no future without farmers" for the sixth time now in Berlin. A large network of 50 supporting organisations staged this event that spoke out against Europe's growth-oriented agricultural policy and demanded a shift in the agricultural model.

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Sustainable project in search of funding: Development of a micro-dairy in Burkina Faso

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In spite of the difference in standard of living between West Africa and Europe, dairy farmers are confronted by the same problems: Producers do not receive a fair wage for their work. Furthermore, dumping prices and cheap milk powder imports from Europe have robbed African dairy farmers of their livelihood.

 

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