The number of dairy farms has halved in twelve years

According to new statistics, the number of dairy cows and farms in Sweden has decreased drastically since 2010, while the amount of milk produced has only slightly fallen.

The news media refers to new statistics from the Swedish Agricultural Agency, which show that the number of dairy cows has decreased by 15 percent since 2010. However, due to an increase in milk production per cow, the total amount of milk has only decreased by 3 percent during the same period.

The statistics also reveal:

In 2010, there were 348,095 dairy cows, compared to 296,543 in 2022, corresponding to a 15 percent decrease.

The number of dairy farms has decreased from 5,619 to 2,795 between 2010 and 2022, a halving in twelve years.

The average dairy herd consisted of 62 cows in 2010, whereas the average number of dairy cows per farm was 106 in 2022.

Despite the reduction in the number of cows and farms, it has not led to an equally significant reduction in milk quantity, due to the increased production per cow. In 2022, the value of the milk produced was estimated to be SEK 15,414 million, signifying a 59 percent increase compared to 2010. The dairies processed approximately 2.76 million tonnes of milk in 2022.

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