Archive: German cow numbers rising ahead of quota removal

Published 1 July 14

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The EU’s largest milk producing and exporting country has shown further consolidation of its dairy industry over the past year. According to Germany’s latest agricultural census, the number of dairy cows in the country has grown to around 4.3 million in May, an increase of 2.1% since the same month last year. Over the same time, the number of dairy holdings has decreased by 4.1% to around 78,000.

Cow numbers in the country were historically in decline as increasing yields sustained milk production, however a reversal of this trend has been observed over the last three years. The latest figures suggest that German dairy farmers are undeterred by the prospect of overshooting quota and are building up dairy cattle numbers ahead of their removal in 2015.