Stimulating outdoor grazing
In 2021, our outdoor grazing rate was 91.0%. This is a slight increase on 2020 (90.6%). This means that our dairy farmers have more than met the national target of 81.2% laid down in the Outdoor Grazing covenant from 2012. For us, too, the outdoor grazing rate is well above the Dutch average of 84.0%. The bonus for outdoor grazing has been high for several years now, making it attractive for farmers to switch to outdoor grazing.
The outdoor grazing rate is calculated by dividing the number of dairy farms with partial and full outdoor grazing by the total number of dairy farms. By full outdoor grazing, we mean that dairy cows graze outdoors at least 6 hours a day and at least 120 days a year (or at least 720 hours a year, during a minimum of 120 days). For partial outdoor grazing, at least 25% of cows have to graze outdoors for at least 120 days a year.
Outdoor grazing percentages per year