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Farmers’ border demonstration to demand a stop to CETA & Co.

Border crossing Lichtenbusch/Aachen on 25 January 2019 (Lichtenbusch, 25.01.2019) With their tractors, farmers from 17 European organisations and two umbrella organisations are demonstrating together with civil society actors for an EU trade policy that is fair and climate-friendly around the globe. For a Europe with solidarity. No relaunch of TTIP. Today’s demonstration at the German-Belgian...

Milk cost study shows: There is a gap between production costs and producer prices

Overview published with the latest figures from France, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands (Brussels, 10.10.2018) The results of the latest milk production cost calculations in six European countries show in objective economic terms – black on white – that daily business for milk producers is grim: Milk production costs and farm-gate prices are moving further apart! Even...

EU volume reduction program 2 years

2018/07/18. Today, 2 years ago - on 18 July 2016 - Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan announced the EU volume reduction program.  The measure has been a great success and has shown that even small reductions have a big effect on producer prices.     Watch a little movie here:     Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/europeanmilkboard.en/    Youtube:...

Drought causes discomfort for Europe's dairy farmers

Large parts of Europe have experienced major losses due to the continued heatwave. After a wet spring in countries like Ireland, the United Kingdom and France, the dry weather is now negatively affecting pastures, hay and silage production as well as cereal and straw production. As a consequence of the drought, milk producers are missing key, self-produced feed. One can expect production costs to...

Prevent future dairy crises! Ensure long-term milk production!

Milk producers from all over Europe reiterate their demand for a legally-anchored, effective volume control mechanism to deal with crises (Hoznayo/Brussels, 23 November 2017) Dairy farmers from 14 European associations called for a legal framework that provides for a volume reduction crisis instrument as part of the CAP at the recent Members' Assembly of the European Milk Board (EMB) in Hoznayo...

Stripped to the bone - higher butter prices do not end misery in the dairy sector

Invitation to a press conference and demonstration on 26.10.2017 in Brussels Dear member of the press, In spite of the current high butter prices, they still dip very often to painful lows – the prices paid to producers for a litre of milk. As recent cost studies from the five largest milk-producing countries in the EU show, production costs are nowhere near covered by these prices. This is...

335 euros as honest price threshold for intervention milk powder

(Brussels, 15/05/17) There was too much milk powder in the past and still the milk market cannot cope with it: there are currently some 350,000 tons of skimmed milk powder stored in intervention, and in view of the tense situation in the EU milk market that volume lies as heavy as lead in the stomach. Although at present raw milk prices in the EU are a little higher than a few months ago, at an...