With an increase of 218 kg of milk, the average lifetime production of Dutch dairy cows is now 30,536 kg of milk. With this development the Dutch national herd has boosted its leading position in lifetime production, now exceeding the milestone of 30,000 kg of milk for the fifth year in a row.
The lifetime average of the cattle in the national herd is 30,536 kg of milk, with 4.37% fat and 3.51% protein. Combined with the rise in lifetime production Dutch breeders have managed to keep fertility at the same level year on year. The calving interval is stable at 417 days.
The statistics also show the average production for Dutch Holstein Friesians – the main dairy breed milked by producers in the Netherlands.
Black-and-white Holsteins top the list with average production of 9,888 kg of milk with 4.33% fat and 3.52% protein in 359 days. They are followed by red-and-white Holsteins with average production of 9,052 kg with 4.55 % fat and 3.60% protein in 349 days.
The performance of the Dutch cows reflects the high attention paid by dairy producers to longevity combined with efficient milk production. Their efforts are really paying off.