Last year – just like in 2006 – more than 300 thousand milk cows were kept stabled during the grazing season.
Between 1990 and 2001, approximately 10 percent of milk cows were kept stabled all year round. In 2004, it became evident for the first time that more milk cows (15 percent) were being kept stabled. In 2006, it had risen to 20 percent. In 2007, the percentage remained unchanged.
Farmers who graze their cattle often keep them stabled at night. A decade ago, milk cows were grazing day and night during half of the season. In 2007, cows were grazing day and night during only one quarter of the season.
Grazing milk cows (Grazing days)