Dairy farming in Northern Spain is challenged by high production costs, low profitability and a lack of skilled, professional farmers.
So Nestlé set up a voluntary programme to seek tailor-made solutions to improve the profitability of dairy farmers, while respecting Nestlé’s milk quality and environmental sustainability requirements.
The programme, run in collaboration with the University of Santiago de Compostela, provides dairy farmers with an economic performance check of each farm, advice and trainings. Farmers participating in the programme implement advanced control and monitoring systems at farm level, energy saving technologies and feed safety management to reduce aflatoxins, among others. Overall, they have been able to lower costs and increase milk production (+47%) and yields (+21%) between 2010 and 2016.