German agriculture continues to make headlines. According to a request from the Greens, the price of a calf has plummeted since May of this year. Was a few months ago, an animal still sold for an average of 25 euros, the median price is currently at 8.49 euros. Some farmers are said to have given their animals even for one euro.
The reasons are, according to the Federal Government, an oversupply. Straight male calves are virtually worthless to the dairy industry and can be sold at dumping prices to fattening farms across the EU. The transport of calves is currently only partially approved by veterinary authorities. This is due to EU regulations prohibiting the transport of juveniles for several hours. Current cases of bluetongue provide marketing restrictions, it said from the Federal Agriculture Ministry. So it comes to the observed backwater, the
The development was "a sad side effect of industrial agriculture," said the Green Party politician Friedrich Ostendorff the SPIEGEL. The one-sided breeding of certain breeds only on milk yield makes their offspring for the mast uneconomical.