A low percentage of German dairy farmers are willing to invest in milking parlours. Investment plans for milking robots is a different story. More than half of the German farmers want to do this.
This is according to a survey from Dutch agrimarketing firm AgriDirect. In the survey, approximately 22,000 German farmers were being asked about their agricultural activities, future plans and investment plans.
After a sharp decline from 10.6% to 7.5% (from 2013 to 2015), the percentages of investment plans in milking parlours continue to fall. This year, we see another drop from 7.4% in 2017 to 6.4% in 2018. If we look at farm size, the investment plans are lower for farms with 50-70 cows and 70 to 100 cows, compared to the bigger farms. The plans of farms with 100-200 cows remain stable. Investment plans increase when farms reach a size of 200 cows or more.
In total, 53.3% of the willing to investment dairy farmers are interested in purchasing a milking robot. During the last years there has been an increasing trend in the interest in buying milking robots. In 2012, only 37% were interested in a milking robot. This percentage has increased by more than 16% in 5 years. The increase, compared to last year, is seen for all farm sizes. The largest interest to buy a new milking robot is seen with farmers having 200 cows or more.
If we look at other investment opportunities, 18.2% of the farmers is willing to invest in a herringbone milking parlour, 5.4% are interested in a side-by-side parlour and 4.5% in a rotary milking parlour.