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October 14, 2016

More than 52,000 E.U. Farmers Sign-up for Dairy Diversion Program

 |  By: Wilfried Wesslink

By Wilfried Wesselink, MILK magazine’s European correspondent

More than 52,000 European dairy farmers have signed up for the European Union’s own version of a dairy diversion program to limit milk production in the last quarter of 2016.

Farmers will be paid about $7/cwt not to ship milk, agreeing to hold back some 2.3 billion lb. of milk.

German farmers have signed up for the biggest hold-backs, at about 630 million lb. of milk. France is next, with nearly 400 million lb.; the Netherlands, 176 million lb.,  and Ireland, 160 million lb.

In Holland, Royal FrieslandCampina will pay its cooperative members an additional $5/cwt not to produce milk for the next six months. FrieslandCampina intends to accelerate the reduction in phosphate production at member dairy farms in anticipation of the announced Dutch phosphate production rights. It hopes to reduce milk production 330 million lb. from Oct. 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017.