Once again, German cheese exports reached a record high, with a Government estimate of 362,000 tonnes exported in the first four months of this year. This represents an increase of 7% for that period, with demand mainly from customers in Italy and the Netherlands, increasing by 11% and 14% respectively, informs Dairy Industries.
The Berlin Ministry of Agriculture says that exports of butter and milk powder have also increased during this year so far. Behind the success is a very confident dairy sector that is rapidly increasing its livestock.
This buoyancy led to an increase of 32,000 lactating cows in the national herd in June, compared to just six months earlier. At the same time, the amount of milk produced has fallen in other countries leading to milk production. Milk production from French farmers fell by 4% from January to the end of April, in Italy the deficit is 6%, and in the UK 7% less milk was produced, according to checks by German authorities.