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Wednesday 12 June 2019

Results dairy cattle survey: investment plans are rising

The percentage of German cattle farmers, wishing to invest in milking equipment, has risen in 2019 compared to 2018.

This is shown by the intermediate results of the survey with German dairy farmers by AgriDirect Germany GmbH. During the telephonic survey several data were queried, like the current use of and investment plans in milking technique, but also new construction plans and renovation plans of stables. These intermediate results, after about 2000 interviews, may be subject to change until the end of the survey .

Investment plans milking facilities
The proportion of dairy farmers wishing to invest in milking facilities increases with 2.7% in 2019. This is the highest percentage since 2015! 63.5% of these farmers want to invest in a milking robot, 16.3% want to invest in a herringbone-milking parlor.

Renovation plans have risen
The renovation plans are rising, after a decrease, from 2.5% in 2018 to 3.5% in 2019 and reach the same level as in 2017. The new construction plans have decreased slightly from 6.6% in 2018 to 5.0% in 2019. Last year, this percentage increased only by 1.6%.

Plans feeding technology stable
The proportion of dairy farmers wishing to invest in feeding technology has also risen slightly. After a downward trend in recent years, the investment plans in feeding technology seem to stabilize (5.6%). 60% of these dairy farmers want to invest in an attached machine, 21.5% in a self-propelled machine and 11.2% in an automatic feeding system (feed robot).

Investing in bunker silos in 2020
9% of dairy farmers want to invest in bunker silos. A quarter of these farmers in planning to do this investment within the first six months of 2020. 17.8% wants to invest in the second half of 2020.

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