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FrieslandCampina Promotes Milk From Pasture-fed Cows

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FrieslandCampina Promotes Milk From Pasture-fed Cows

FrieslandCampina Promotes Milk From Pasture-fed Cows
September 29
11:16 2011

International dairy company FrieslandCampina plans to earmark Eur45 million a year to encourage outdoor grazing for its dairy herds. Under the new scheme, member dairy farmers of the FrieslandCampina dairy co-operative who use outdoor grazing will qualify for a pasture milk supplement of 50 cents per 100 kilos of milk.

 

In future, FrieslandCampina will market more dairy products based on Dutch milk from pasture-grazed cows. The initiative will form part of the dairy company’s sustainability agenda. The annual incentive of Eur45 million will cover at least the period from 2012 to 2014 inclusive.

 

In 2012, FrieslandCampina plans to launch a scheme to pay member dairy farmers who graze their herds outdoors for at least six hours a day, 120 days a year a supplement of 50 cents per 100 kilos of milk. Currently, member dairy farmers who pasture-graze their herds receive 5 cents per 100 kilos of milk. For a dairy farm producing 600,000 kilos of milk a year, this will increase the annual supplement for milk from pasture-fed cows from Eur300 to Eur3,000. The increased supplement is chiefly intended to compensate farmers for the time and extra work they have to invest in grazing their cows outdoors.

 

FrieslandCampina will be further extending its range of Dutch dairy products with a pasture milk guarantee. This will enable customers and consumers to make a well-informed choice which fits in well with their demand for more sustainably-produced food. FrieslandCampina has been marketing pasture-fed milk since 2007. This includes daily fresh dairy products under the Campina and Campina Boerenland (organic dairy) labels. The company has specific plans to extend its range of pasture-based dairy by 2012, for example to cheese (eg Milner) and dairy-based beverages such as Optimel, Vifit and Goedemorgen. Supermarkets and other retail customers will also be given the opportunity to sell dairy products with a pasture milk guarantee under their own brands.

 

The increase in the outdoor grazing supplement and the extra costs involved in the separate collection and processing of pasture-fed milk means that FrieslandCampina will be charging a higher price for products with a pasture-fed milk guarantee. Research by the market research agency TNS NIPO has found that 75% of Dutch consumers feel outdoor grazing is a vital part of sustainable dairy farming.

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