Milk producers in Poland learned lessons for farm management from the period of low prices in 2015 and 2016. The improved economic situation in the course of 2017 broadens the scope for the further development of production processes. The focus is on increasing cow comfort. DLG-Agrifuture Insights shows the planned operational course set by milk producers in Poland.
- The dairy cattle farmers surveyed in Poland see cost reductions as the most important measure for confronting future low-price phases for milk prices.
- The securing of financial solvency and the management of fluctuating producer prices are important management areas.
- Milk producers are very interested in technical innovations for improving animal welfare.
Management focus in dairy cattle farming: Lessons from period of low milk prices
For over 90 percent of the milk producers who participated in the survey, securing of financial solvency and management of fluctuating producer prices are currently the most important area of action. In addition, milk producers are working on lowering production costs and on breeding with a greater focus on the characteristics of robustness. And finally, more animal welfare through improved livestock management are currently another important area of action according to the milk producers surveyed.
For even if the drop in milk prices in Poland was not as serious as in other countries, the low producer prices in 2015 and 2016 have given rise to financial difficulties for dairy cattle farmers. Based on this experience, the surveyed dairy cattle farmers want to develop their farm management further to make the right decisions and remain financially solvent when a new period of low prices occurs.
Farmers consider cost reductions to be prerequisite to coping with period of low prices. For low production costs are the basis for economic stability. In high-price phases, low production costs allow expansion of savings, and in low-price phases there is less risk of liquidity shortages.