Cooperation sustainable dairy farming
The Dutch dairy sector has reached a number of agreements with the government and other parties in order to achieve sustainable production and sustainable dairy farming. These agreements include:
- Implementation Agenda for Sustainable Dairy Farming (Uitvoeringsagenda Duurzame Veehouderij);
- Action Programme Sustainable Dairy Chain (Actieprogramma Duurzame Zuivelketen);
- Meadow Grazing Covenant (Convenant Weidegang).
Implementation Agenda for Sustainable Dairy Farming
In May 2009, FrieslandCampina committed itself to the Implementation Agenda for Sustainable Dairy Farming via the NZO. This comprises six priorities:
- innovative cowshed and cattle raising systems,
- animal health and welfare,
- connection with society,
- energy and the environment,
- market and entrepreneurship,
- responsible consumption.
Within this Implementation Agenda, FrieslandCampina works with, among others, Dierenbescherming (animal protection), Natuur & Milieu (nature and environment), LTO, Interprovincial Consultation, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and organisations from the meat processing industry.
Sustainable dairy chain
The Sustainable Dairy Chain (Duurzame Zuivelketen) is part of ZuivelNL and is a joint initiative between the Dutch Dairy Association (NZO) and LTO Netherlands. Combined, the 13 dairy companies that are members of the NZO process 98% of all milk made in the Netherlands. LTO Netherlands represents approximately 70% of the 18,000 Dutch dairy farmers. ZuivelNL is the trade association for the Dutch dairy sector. The Sustainable Dairy Chain is also a member of the Dairy Sustainability Framework.
Within the Dutch Dairy Chain, FrieslandCampina is working on several projects on Animal health and welfare. Paragraphs below are included in the Sector report Sustainable Dairy Chain (in Dutch) and the annual report in the chapter “Continuous improvement of Animal health and welfare”, paragraphs: 3.1 Responsible Antibiotic use, 3.2 Longevity of dairy cows, and 3.3 Animal welfare.