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Oprettet: 19-11-2015

Average milk yield in Danish milk recording is now close to 10.000 kg pr cow and year

During the last 12 months the milk yield increased by 298 kg per cow and year and the average herd size is now close to 168 cows. New annual statistics from milk recording also indicate that structural changes are now speeding up.

In the recording year 1. October 2014 – 30. September 2015 the average milk yield increased 298 kg. So now a cow in Danish milk recording has an average milk yield of 9.961 kg per year. This is one of the results from new annual statistics covering the period 1. October 2014 - 30. September 2015 from RYK milk recording in Denmark. So we did not reach an average milk yield of 10.000 kg per cow and year, but we came very close.

The increase in milk yield is much in line with what we have seen over decades, but of course it is not as impressive as the all time high increase of 2013-14 which was 525 kg.

Small increase in herd size
Statistics also show that the average herd size  in milk recording is now 167,8 cows per year after a modest increase of 1,8 cows. This is the second year with increases under 2,5 cows after a number of years with increases of 6 - 7 cows per year. The annual statistics do not show the expected growth in number of cows expected after the end of the milk quota system by 1. April 2015. One reason might be, that during the first 6 months of the period covered by the statistics the farmers still had to take the milk quotas into consideration. Monthly statistics over the summer of 2015 indicate, that the herd size is now increasing at a higher pace.

 

Milk recording 2014-15  
Averages for all cows and with 365 days in milk recording  
Annual results per cow breed                
  % of cows Cows Kg milk Kg fat % fat Kg protein % protein F+P  
Red Danish 6,5% 32.277 9.552 406 4,25 338 3,54 744  
Danish Holstein 69,4% 343.514 10.552 422 4,00 358 3,39 780  
Jersey 13,2% 65.627 7.376 433 5,87 306 4,14 739  
Danish Red Holstein 1,0% 4.708 9.750 406 4,16 333 3,42 739  
Finnish Ayrshire 0,1% 326 7.854 363 4,62 273 3,48 636  
Crossbred 9,9% 48.849 9.586 404 4,21 334 3,48 738  
Avg. all cows 100,0% 495.301 9.961 420 4,22 347 3,48 767  
                   
Annual results per herd breed                
  Herds % of herds Cows/herd Milk Kg fat % fat Kg protein % protein F+P
Red Danish 127 4,3% 119,1 9.673 412 4,26 342 3,54 754
Danish Holstein 1.240 42,0% 156,9 10.717 428 3,99 363 3,39 791
Jersey 307 10,4% 175,2 7.459 438 5,87 309 4,14 747
Danish Red Holstein 5 0,2% 108,6 9.545 404 4,23 329 3,45 733
Finnish Ayrshire  1 0,0% 323,2 7.820 362 4,63 271 3,47 633
Crossbreeds  20 0,7% 160,5 8.892 400 4,50 320 3,60 720
Mixed 1.252 42,4% 181,9 9.944 410 4,12 343 3,45 753
All herds 2.952 100,0% 167,8 9.961 420 4,22 347 3,48 767

The results cover 2.952 herds and a little more than 495.000 cows.  

Changes in milk yield for each cow breed can be seen in the below table:

 

Changes in milk yield                 
  Kg milk  Diff. Kg fat Diff. Kg protein Diff. Kg fat + protein Diff.
  Year 13/14 Year 14/15   Year 13/14 Year 14/15   Year 13/14 Year 14/15   Year 13/14 Year 14/15  
Red Danish 9.335 9.552 217 397 406 9 330 338 8 727 744 17
Danish Holstein 10.225 10.552 327 411 422 11 347 358 11 758 780 22
Jersey 7.207 7.376 169 423 433 10 298 306 8 721 739 18
Danish Red Holstein 9.342 9.750 408 388 406 18 319 333 14 707 739 32
Finnish Ayrshire 8.451 7.854 -597 382 363 -19 296 273 -23 678 636 -42
Crossbreeds  9.254 9.586 332 392 404 12 323 334 11 715 738 23
Denmark 9.663 9.961 298 410 420 10 337 347 10 747 767 20

 

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Sidst bekræftet: 19-11-2015 Oprettet: 19-11-2015 Revideret: 19-11-2015

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