Working group milk production

The Working Group

The IAK working group on milk production was founded in 2001 and celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011.

Currently 20 milk producers from Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia are organised in this working group. The group meets three times a year (one evaluation and two thematic events) and discusses experiences and all questions related to milk production, including nutrition, animal health, milking techniques and price compensation systems. Discussion topics and an economic evaluation of milk production are presented once a year.

For more information about scheduled events of the working group milk production, see the working group events section.

The group's objectives

  • Improvement of the profitability of milk production operations through identification of weak points, resources, opportunities and tested and proven solutions
  • Use of experiences of other members of the group
  • Qualification of management staff for in-house evaluation through the use of reference values as developed by IAK and other tools

Development of selected financial key figures in the working group

The exchange of experience in the working group can be complemented by an accompanying special advisory service for dairy farming.

Focal Points

  • Business branch assessment and comparison
  • Annual evaluation meeting
  • Thematic Events
  • Joint business site visits
  • Exchange of experiences and discussions
  • Information on agricultural policy
  • News from science
  • Development trends
  • and many more


Important physical and financial key figures from the working group milk production:

  • Market performance
  • Cow and calf losses
  • Labour productivity
  • Reproduction rate and calving intervals
  • Insemination index
  • Farm-gate milk price
  • Subsidies
  • Total expenses
  • Results
  • others

Development of selected physical and financial key figures in the working group

Our references

Currently, IAK staff is advising milk producers with herds of more than 60,000 high-yielding cows with herd performances of approximately 8,000 to 10,000 kg / cow per year.

Please contact us if you are interested to join the working group or if you want more information!