Organic Cow Facts

Organic cow and organic farmers’ cows

The organic milk production compared to conventional milk production

2016 numbers for Denmark

Organic production

Conventional production

Total number of dairy cows in Denmark?

approx. 57.500

approx. 454.000

How much milk pr. cow pr. year?

Approx. 9.300 kg

approx. 10.084 kg

Milk producers in Denmark (2014)

- how many at Arla Foods

375

 

300

3600

 

3200

Number of cows in average pr. farm

 

174

 

187

Arla weighed milk in Denmark 2010

 

337 million kg.

 

4.345 million kg.

Grass fields

 

 

Cows on grass

Must be on grass

Can be on grass, but optional

How long?

Minimum 6 hours with daylight in the period between April 15th and November 1st, when the weather and the cows condition allow it      

6 months in the summer period

How many are on grass?

All animals above the age of 4 months

Approx. 20-30 %

Recommended grass area pr. cow

0,1-0,2 hectares

No demands

Stable conditions

 

 

How much space pr. cow in the stable?

6 square meters

No demands

Feed

Comply the feed regulation law, according to the rules in the quality program Arlagården and use 100 % organic grown feed

Comply the feed regulation law, which means documentation for what bought feed contains according to the rules in the quality program Arlagården

Medication - regulations for treatment

 

 

 

Retain time for milk after finish medical treatment (milk not delivered to dairy)

Twice the time recommended on the medication

The time recommended on the medication regarding retaining time

Calf staying at the mother after birth  

1 day

No demands

Sources: Danish agriculture advice, The Dairy Board, Danish Cattle, Plant Directorate’s guidance, Organic National association and Arla Foods