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10.05.2017

Newsletter May online!

Butter is expensive and milk powder is cheap. On this basis, dairies pay low settlement prices that have remained practically unchanged. The price difference between protein and fat is abnormally high and  the large EU intervention stock is immediately blamed for the low powder price. Is this correct?

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14.09.2018

Newsletter September online!

The whole of Europe suffered consequences of this summer's drought. The dry weather affected pastures, hay and silage as well as cereal and straw production. As a result of the drought, milk producers are missing key, self-produced feed. Read more

07.09.2018

Irish dairy farmers feel financial squeeze from drought

September on Irish dairy farms would normally be a time when we would be enjoying the fruits of our Summer and preparing for the Autumn and Winter ahead. Bills incurred during the Spring would be paid and farmers would look with pride and reassurance on high rows of bales and full silage pits. The long winter of 2017/18 meant...

22.08.2018
16.08.2018

Newsletter August online!

I am greatly concerned to see how Europe is currently facing significant pressure – nationalistic forces internally and divisive motivations externally. I am convinced that there will only be losers if this very dangerous situation were to become even worse. Read more

19.07.2018

Study shows success of the EU volume reduction scheme announced 2 years ago

(Brussels, 19.07.2018) Two years ago – on 18 July 2016 – European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan announced the EU volume reduction scheme for the dairy market. The measure was a great success and showed that even small reductions have a major effect on producer prices. A study by A. Fink-Keßler and A. Trouvé examined...

16.07.2018

Current figures from Germany show: gap between production costs and milk price is further increasing

(Brussels, 16.07.2018) The quarterly cost figures for Germany are now available and show that cost coverage in April 2018 was only 78%, while it was 88% in January. Production costs in April amounted to 42.70 cents; however, producers only received 33.42 cents per kilogram of milk. This problematic combination of falling milk...

13.07.2018

Newsletter July online!

As newly elected member of the Executive Committee of the European Milk Board, I would like to draw your attention in my editorial on current issues in Ireland. Angers mounts as Ireland’s biggest Co-op underpays on May milk price. Read more

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