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Dutch milk production fell by almost 3% in 2018 to 14.1bn kg, according to the Dutch Dairy Board/ZuivelNL’s annual report—the biggest drop of all EU member states. The decline started in February and accelerated from August onwards. This was partly due to the extra culling of cattle to comply with the phosphate rights system and partly due to drought. An estimated 14.0bn kg of milk was processed, 1% less than in 2017, with WMP production down 12%, condensed milk -6% and butter/oil -2%. Cheese production, on the other hand, increased by almost 2% to 888,000t and SMP production was up 3%. Cheese production peaked in 2016 at 913,000t. The dairy herd has decreased significantly in the past 2yrs, according to the report, and there will be little scope for growth in milk production in the foreseeable future.