The Dutch dairy sector has committed itself to cows in the meadows
The Dutch Dairy Chain is committed to keeping cows in the Dutch landscape by grazing. This is supported throughout the chain by the Meadow Grazing Covenant.
In the sector we are actively working on the maintenance and increase of the percentage of dairy farmers putting their cows out into the meadows. Knowledge is developed through research and spread by means of education and guidance of farmers in their switch to grazing. The Stichting Weidegang [Grazing Foundation] plays an important part here. The Amazing Grazing project that was completed in 2019 has provided new scientific knowledge and practical solutions, paying attention to e.g. growth of grass, absorption of grass and grazing behaviour of cows.
Increase since 2015
The percentage of companies with some form of grazing further increased to 84.0% in 2021. The decreasing trend in the percentage of farms with some form of grazing was halted and converted into a rising trend in 2015. In 2018, the objective of the Outdoor Grazing Covenant of 81.2% in 2020 (the level of 2012) was reached for the first time.