The importance of the Dutch dairy sector

Market & Price Trends
Innovation & Technology
Published Jan 13, 2024

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The 'Blik op Zuivel' brochure by ZuivelNL provides updated figures on dairy in the Netherlands, including the number of farms, cows, and sustainability efforts. In 2023, the Netherlands had 14,300 dairy farms with 1.6 million cows, a decrease in farms but stable cow numbers. The dairy sector in the Netherlands is highly sustainable, with a significant reduction in antibiotic use and a focus on responsible soy in cattle feed, contributing to a total export value of around ten billion euros.
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ZuivelNL has published its updated 'Blik op Zuivel' brochure. This contains all current figures in the field of dairy in the Netherlands in the past year, from numbers of cows and companies to sustainability to the economy. ZuivelNL has summarized the most important key figures in a clear infographic. But we will also walk you through them in this article. This is what dairy in the Netherlands looked like in the year 2023: Last year, the Netherlands had 14,300 dairy farms with a total of 1.6 million cows. Compared to recent years, the number of cows has not grown significantly. However, the number of dairy farms has decreased. In 2022, the Netherlands had a total of 15.4 thousand dairy farms. The average number of cows per farm has therefore increased. The dairy farms supplied a total of 13.9 billion kilograms of milk to the 53 dairies. The largest portion, 58 percent, was converted into cheese. This is followed by milk powder at 13 percent. Furthermore, seven percent goes to ...
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