Land-related dairy farming is an important part of the Dutch cultural landscape.Read more
Dairy farming in the Netherlands has always been a sector centered around the land. A good relationship between land and animal is essential, and it represents an important part of the Dutch cultural landscape. This is why the dairy sector promotes land-related dairy farming and the continuation of grazing for dairy cows.
The Dutch Dairy Association and the Department of Dairy Farming at LTO welcome the advice of the Land Relatedness Commission, which presented a far-reaching and broadly supported vision for land-related farming. This vision offers dairy farming a promising future, sketching the dairy farm of 2025 and what we need to do to get there, and thus marking the spot on the horizon the dairy chain needs. In its advice, the commission also takes account of the goals of the Sustainable Dairy Chain in the areas of grazing, animal welfare, biodiversity, and climate and energy.
The dairy farm of the future is land-related. Grass is the core of the cow’s diet. Fodder comes from the farm’s own land or from a farm nearby, making every dairy farm locally self-sufficient in its supply of grass and fodder. Ingredients from outside Europe, which have directly or indirectly contributed to mining of nature reserves, are no longer used. Every dairy farmer can dispose of manure from their farm through their own farm’s processes or at a nearby farm – a circular economy thanks to the cycle and recycle of feed and manure. Dutch dairy’s position in the market and in society can become stronger as a result.
The core of land-related farming can be summarized in four building blocks: