Germany Has The Most Organic Cows
Globally, organic dairy farming has grown substantially over the past few years. Germany is a leader in Europe.
As we all know, the global organic dairy farming industry has grown significantly. According to Eurostat (2017), the number of organic cows in Europe has increased to over 900,000. Organic milk production in Europe is about 4 billion kilograms, equivalent to 1.5% of total European milk supply (EU28). The exact amount and quantity cannot be determined from the Eurostat data because the data here and there is missing and sometimes only estimates are used. However, these figures give the impression of the development of organic milk production in Europe.
Globally, organic dairy farming has grown substantially over the past few years. Photo: Wick Natzijl
Growth in Germany
The largest countries for organic milk production are Germany, France, Austria and Denmark, followed by the United Kingdom, Sweden and Italy. Germany has the highest position of the most organic cows, mainly in the south of the country. In 2017, the number of organic dairy cows in Germany increased, from 28,000 to 203,958 cows. Logically, organic milk production has also increased significantly by 144,000 tons to 939,080 tons, including organic sheep and goat milk.
France, Austria and Denmark
France is one of the smaller countries with organic cows, with 128,386 cows in 2017. In 2017, 8,274 animals in France showed a small increase. Milk production increased by approximately 68,000 tons (11.7%) to 649,289 tons. The number of organic cows in Austria is also growing. In 2017, Eurostat recorded 115,080 cows with an output of 612,629 tons of organic milk, including organic and goat milk. In Denmark, the number of organic cows also increased sharply by 1,864 to 70,993 cows in 2017. Milk production increased from 516,131 tons to 541,404 tons, including organic sheep and goat milk.
Belgium and the Netherlands
In 2017, the number of organic cows in the Netherlands increased significantly to 31,883. Milk production increased by approximately 25,000 tons to 223,181 tons. This is 1.6% of the total milk production in the Netherlands. Belgium also has growth, although the total volume in 2017 is very mild, at 112,145 tons. Despite this, it has increased by 23% compared to 2016.
A striking overview of Eurostat is the decline of organic cows in the UK. The number of cows dropped from 81,368 to 77,059. Organic milk production has been reduced from 519,500 tons to 492,000 tons, including organic sheep and goat milk. Over a period of time, there has been excess milk production in the UK, as the disappearance of the French market has increased the production of organic milk, so they no longer need British organic milk.