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Fresh milk across the Great Belt

Press Release   •   Jul 13, 2000 14:01 CEST

Danish milk production is increasingly moving west.. Since 1990 the volume of milk produced on Zealand, Lolland and Falster has fallen from 297.8 million kg to 226.9 million kg, i.e. 23.8 per cent. In the past year alone, the volume of milk received on the three islands fell by 3.5 per cent and the trend will be further strengthened following June's milk quota trading, when Zealand farmers sold quotas for 9.6 million kg milk, primarily to farmers in Jutland.

While previously Zealand produced sufficient milk to cover the daily consumption of Zealanders, it is now necessary to import milk from Funen for Arla Foods' dairy in Slagelse. Currently four tankers cross the Great Belt Bridge with a total of 120 tons milk for Fresh Milk cartons. In addition, a certain amount of milk from Jutland arrives at the Slagelse dairy.

Only 520 of Arla Foods' 8,783 milk producers live on Zealand, Lolland or Falster. Today most of the milk producers are in South, West and North Jutland, while East Jutland, like Zealand, has lost ground over the past decade. Funen has also declined, while farmers on Bornholm have bought up milk quotas.

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