FrieslandCampina sees the number of its member dairy farmers putting their cows out into the meadows grow for the second year in a row. In 2017, 79.4 percent of the dairy farms of FrieslandCampina applied some form of outdoor grazing. This is an increase of 1.2 percent compared to the previous year. Thanks to active acquisition and guidance, 314 dairy farms decided to start outdoor grazing this year.
Frans Keurntjes, Chairman of Zuivelcoöperatie FrieslandCampina U.A.: ‘The growth of the number of farms applying outdoor grazing is a positive development. The visibility of the cows contributes to social acceptance and the image of dairy farming. We are really happy with these increase and thank all “outdoor grazers”.
By stimulating outdoor grazing, FrieslandCampina wants to reach its objective of retaining the level of 2012 (81 percent of the dairy farms in the Netherlands applying some form of outdoor grazing) in the year 2020. Some dairy farmers were given tailor-made advice. Additionally, special outdoor grazing clinics were organised and FrieslandCampina offers dairy farmers who are thinking about grazing their cows, consultations in cooperation with Stichting Weidegang. This resulted in 314 farms choosing for grazing their cows in the meadows as from 2017.
About outdoor grazing
A grazing cow is part of the traditional Dutch landscape and enjoys high appreciation from society. FrieslandCampina stimulates member dairy farmers to have their cows and young cattle graze in the meadows. In order to promote outdoor grazing, FrieslandCampina rewards its member dairy farmers who have their dairy cows graze in the meadows at least 120 days per year for a minimum of six hours per day. These member dairy farmers receive an outdoor grazing premium of 1.50 euro per 100 kg milk.