Robots kick workers out of Dutch dairy farms

Adrie Vollering in their dairy farm in The Netherlands. Together with his brother Bert Vollering, they keep over 300 Holstein-Friesian cattle, 220 which they milk and the rest are heifers and calves. PHOTO | MICHAEL ORIEDO | NMG

What you need to know:

  • Farmers in The Netherlands solely rely on the machines to run their farms, with the robots offering unmatched labour.
  • The dairy sector in The Netherlands employs 45,000 workers. Most of them, however, are not on the farms.
  • The Dutch government is regulating the emission reduction of the dairy sector as part of environmental regulation.
  • About 35 percent of the milk produced and the resultant products are sold in the country, while the rest are exported to China, Algeria, Japan, Germany, Belgium and France.

The Dutch love cheese, and ghee, and milk. They love their milk cold, which they take separate from tea or coffee.

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