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Digital Tools in Dairy Farming

Chart of the month (September/2020)

Digitization in agriculture is and will remain a central field of innovation, even if some developments have not yet been convincing in practice. The current graphic of the month from DLG-Agrifuture Insights shows which fields of application for digital tools in Germany and important neighboring countries are the focus of dairy farmers.


The survey shows that the dairy farmers surveyed in Germany have particularly profitability analysis and resource efficiency in mind for usage of digital applications. As another important field of application with 38% of the respondents, networking, exchange of data and thus a better control of technology was noticeable.

In the Netherlands, the focus of dairy farmers is also on profitability analysis, but farm management systems for decision support are also becoming increasingly important.

Milk producers in Poland are particularly interested in web portals for sales and purchasing farm inputs.

The milk producers in France are different: In addition to the profitability analysis, traceability of goods in the food chain is also the focus of interest.

DLG-Agrifuture Insights – a comprehensive view on agricultural development 

DLG-Agrifuture Insights, which was launched to replace and extend the scope of the DLG’s Trendmonitor Europe surveys late last year, has been introduced to supply insights into the developments taking place in the world’s most important agricultural regions at a time when the international agricultural sector is changing rapidly, and technologies, markets and market relations, structures and processes are all in a state of transition. 

The focus of DLG-Agrifuture Insights is on animal husbandry and crop production, machinery and equipment, management, business climate and willingness to invest, identifying the top five investment areas and prevailing policies. It helps identify current trends and to assess business climate and expectations. This helps support agribusiness companies in developing strategies in international markets, and gives entrepreneurial farmers important stimuli for developing their businesses.
The DLG-Agrifuture Insights findings are reached by questioning a global panel made up of 2,000 future-oriented farmers in 13 countries – Brazil, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iran, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, USA and Zambia. Surveys are conducted every February/March in the southern hemisphere and every August/September in the northern hemisphere, with the findings supplemented by continuous background research and regular interviews with top decision-makers.