Inspiration

1 August 2016

Business scan helps Belgian dairy farmers innovate (video)

The future starts today. Every dairy farmer realises that dairy farms are a reflection of consumer needs and market signals. Everybody agrees what the future looks like. But what should a dairy farmer do tomorrow? How do these needs and signals correlate to dairy farming? In Belgium the Innovatiesteunpunt (part of farmers union Boerenbond Belgium) has […]

13 June 2016

A Spanish checklist for dairy farmers

What Can Save Europe’s Dairy Farmers? A Spanish Checklist. Current government measures to steer Spain’s dairy sector towards stability are falling short of the mark, according to farming leaders demanding a minimum farmgate price.   The Coordinator of Farmers and Ranchers Organisations (COAG) has dismissed present government drafted agreements as “very generic”, leaving farmers open […]

13 June 2016

Cash flow has never been so long so low at Belgian dairy farms

During the first quarter of this year the cash flow situation on the Flemish dairy farms was very low. That concludes Jan Leyten, agricultural economist at KBC (Belgian Bank), from new figures about the financial health of the Flemish agriculture and horticulture. The crisis at dairy farms manifest itself in different ways. One of the […]

10 May 2016

30% of Swedish dairy farms now milk with robots

Installing two milking robots on a Swedish farm has given the owners more time with their children they say. Carina and Alvar Sonesson took over the farm from Alvar’s parents in 1994 and in 2005 had the two robots installed. The Sonessons were getting up at four in the morning to milk their 130-cow herd […]