Milk production in the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic is concentrated in less and larger units like in most other countries. Cows are kept inside all year round, as the fields get very vet and muddy, due to the high annual rainfall and little soil on top of the rocky ground.
The Faroe Islands have 27 dairy herds and a total of 1,100 cows. The largest herd has 120 cows and the best herds have average production of more than 10,000 kg milk. The milk price is high – app. 1 Euro per kg! All production goes to the Faroese domestic market. With 43,000 inhabitants the Faroe Islands are almost self-sufficient in dairy products.
Many cattle breeders cross the Norwegian Red cows with Holstein sires with the purpose of a permanent change of breed. This increases the production from 1,500 to 2,000 kg milk per cow in first generation already. The Faroese cattle breeders prefer GenVikPLUS sires with high NTM from VikingGenetics leading to better total merit, health, reproduction and longevity.