Ministry of Economic Affairs

The Ministry promotes the Netherlands as a country of enterprise with a strong international competitive position and an eye for sustainability. It is committed to creating an excellent entrepreneurial business climate, by creating the right conditions and giving entrepreneurs room to innovate and grow. By paying attention to nature and the living environment. By encouraging cooperation between research institutes and businesses. This is how we enhance our leading positions in agriculture, industry, services and energy and invest in a powerful, sustainable country.


Aim & mission

ZuivelNL is the organisation of the Dutch dairy sector, established on 7 January 2014 by the Dutch Federation of Agriculture and Horticulture (LTO) and the Dutch Dairy Organisation (NZO). The mission of the organisation is to strengthen the Dutch dairy chain in a way that respects the environment and society.
ZuivelNL is active in areas in which collaboration between the various ‘links’ in the dairy chain brings added value to the dairy sector. The main focus of its activities lies upon a number of thematic groups, active in specific fields, which serve as a consultation and action platform for the organisation’s members and partner organisations.

For the government, as well as third parties, ZuivelNL is the organisation for the Dutch dairy supply chain that forms the neutral point of contact of the dairy industry. ZuivelNL is the platform upon which agreements regarding mutual regulation and finance come into being.

ZuivelNL has been approved by the Dutch government as an Inter Branch Organisation, in accordance with European law, in order that agreements in areas of substantial public interest can be declared universally binding.

What we do

Through its thematic groups, the ZuivelNL programme of work focuses on the following areas:

  • Food safety: monitoring and research of raw milk quality
  • Animal health: monitoring, research and prevention of animal disease
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Dairy Chain (Duurzame Zuivelketen) aims to make the Dutch dairy sector world leader in sustainability
  • Research & innovation: applied and strategic research in the interest of dairy farmers, including knowledge exchange and innovation (driven by the foundation Courage)
  • Labour issues: dairy education, technical knowledge retention, working environment
  • Export: veterinary issues, trade regulations and foreign market access, normalisation

ZuivelNL is active in these fields through financing and/or through direct deployment of staff. In addition to the areas which are directly covered by working groups, ZuivelNL is providing services in the field of market information and general education regarding the dairy sector (for instance through supporting education in schools and on-farm visits by children). The market information activities of ZuivelNL also include managing the secretariat of the national commission that determines, on a weekly basis, the Official Dutch Dairy Quotations. Finally, commissioned by the Netherlands National Committee of the International Dairy Federation (NNC/IDF), ZuivelNL is hosting the NNC/IDF Secretariat.


The Dutch Dairy Association (Nederlandse Zuivel Organisatie, NZO) is the trade association of the Dutch dairy industry, representing the interests of thirteen dairy companies. Combined, these companies process 98% of the milk in the Netherlands into a wide range of dairy products: from beverages, infant formula and children’s food, cheese and desserts, to ingredients for the broader food industry and the pharmaceutical sector.The NZO aims to reinforce its members’ abilities to produce and market their products. To reach this goal, NZO can be found in The Hague and in Brussels, and it also participates in public dialogue.

LTO Nederland

LTO Nederland (Land- en Tuinbouw Organisatie) is the Dutch Federation of Agriculture and Horticulture, an entrepreneurial and employers’ organisation.

Cooperative arrangement

Representing almost 50,000 agricultural entrepreneurs, the cooperative arrangement of LTO Noord, ZLTO and LLTB – the three regional agricultural organisations in The Netherlands – works in support of their economic and social position. And successfully so: it is because of their vast contribution to the national economy, employment, landscape and environment that farmers and horticulturalists deliver unmistakable great value to Dutch agriculture and horticulture.Dutch agriculture and horticulture show enormous diversity, with agricultural entrepreneurs distributed over various animal and crop sectors like arable or dairy farming, bulbgrowing, glasshouse horticulture, tree cultivation and pig farming. The majority of these farmers and horticulturalists are organized in and represented via LTO Noord, ZLTO and LLTB under the umbrella of LTO Nederland. Their membership underlines the added value of this entrepreneurial and employers’ organisation which effectively promotes their interests at local, regional, national and international levels.

For further information, read Dutch Organisation for the Agriculture and Horticulture (PDF)


The task of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority is to protect human and animal health. It monitors food and consumer products to safeguard public health and animal health and welfare. The Authority controls the whole production chain, from raw materials and processing aids to end products and consumption.The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority is an independent agency in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and a delivery agency for the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.

The three main tasks of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority are: supervision, risk assessment and risk communication. Other important activities are incident and crisis management and policy advice for the Minister of Economic Affairs. A significant part of its work involves liaising with other ministries. Maintaining international contacts is also of vital importance.

Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland)

Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland) Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( encourages entrepreneurs in sustainable, agrarian, innovative and international business. It helps with grants, finding business partners, know-how and compliance with laws and regulations.

The aim is to improve opportunities for entrepreneurs and strengthen their position. The Agency works at the instigation of ministries and the European Union.

Netherlands Enterprise Agency is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The organisation has been in existence since 2014 and is the result of a merger between NL Agency and the Dienst Regelingen. Some activities of the Commodities Boards are also included.

Netherlands Enterprise Agency focuses on providing services to entrepreneurs. It aims to make it easier to do business using smart organisation and digital communication. The Agency works in The Netherlands and abroad with governments, knowledge centres, international organisations and countless other partners.

World Holstein Friesian Federation (WHFF)

WORLD HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN FEDERATION (WHFF) is a relatively young federation with a rather long history!

The discussion on global issues regarding the Holstein breed having been launched in 1960, the first international Holstein meeting was held only in 1964 in the Netherlands, in the cradle of the breed.

The fundamental aim of the WHFF is for all member organizations’ to recognize registered/ identified Holstein cattle for registration at equal status in their herdbook, as long as the registration is in strict accordance with regulations governing herdbook registration, and to facilitate the exchange of relevant information between herdbooks and other recognized cattle improvement organizations.

Roodbont Agricultural publishers Signals

Great content is the key to better business. That’s our belief at Roodbont Agricultural Publishers. Based in the Netherlands we deliver unique knowledge to farmers and their business partners worldwide. Our well-grounded knowledge helps farmers to focus on their farm management. Whereas their business partners use our content for their content marketing strategies. Either way: we make farming knowledge profitable. By obtaining access to the best practical knowledge, farmers can keep improving their farming methods. Better farming methods lead to better meat, better dairy and better crops: a better quality of life.

Cowsignals Master Trainer

CowSignals Master Trainer
Director/owner of the CowSignals® Training Company
Veterinarian and Cowmunicator.

I love cows and I like farmers a lot! Let your cows live happily and twice as long! Listen to the cow, she’s got know how! I put all my energy, enthousiasm and power in making cows, farmers and advisors more happy! And together we work on a more sustainable world. So, dairy farmers, advisors and trainers from the world: keep up the good work and thank you for joining cowsignals.

Netwerk van Landbouwraden

Het netwerk van Landbouwraden ondersteunt Nederlandse bedrijven in de agrarische sector bij hun internationale ambities.

Het Landbouwradennetwerk bestaat uit 48 kantoren in 42 landen. De kantoren zijn gevestigd in Nederlandse ambassades en consulaten in regio’s die kansen bieden voor Nederlandse agrarische bedrijven. Ook zitten ze in regio’s met belangrijke internationale

Wageningen UR Livestock Research

Het boek is gebaseerd op de actuele kennis en recente onderzoeksresultaten van onder meer Wageningen UR Livestock Research. Het digitale handboek is voor iedereen gratis toegankelijk.

In het digitale Handboek Melkveehouderij is belangrijke basisinformatie voor een optimale bedrijfsvoering bij elkaar gebracht. Voor achtergrondinformatie en de meest actuele gegevens verwijst het handboek direct naar informatie, publicaties en tools op internet. Op die manier zijn ook de nieuwste ontwikkelingen en adviesprogramma’s gemakkelijk te vinden.

U kunt de editie 2014 van het handboek onderstaand in z’n geheel maar ook per hoofdstuk downloaden en inzien.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

The need to fight animal diseases at global level led to the creation of the Office International des Epizooties through the international Agreement signed on January 25th 1924. In May 2003 the Office became the World Organisation for Animal Health but kept its historical acronym OIE.

The OIE is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health worldwide.

It is recognised as a reference organisation by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in 2014 had a total of 180 Member Countries. The OIE maintains permanent relations with 45 other international and regional organisations and has Regional and sub-regional Offices on every continent.

The Dutch Dairy Chain

The Dutch dairy chain, fuelled by more than 18,000 dairy farmers, is currently facing a huge challenge: it must realise sustainable development, while simultaneously enhancing and expanding its position in an increasingly global market. If this challenge is to be met, it is essential that all parties in the milk and dairy chains join forces and cooperate.
Dairy Campus is the place where all these parties come together. This unique location has been created on the former site of Nij Bosma Zathe. Boasting 500 dairy cattle, more than 300 hectares of land, and training and conference facilities, Dairy Campus is an inspiring meeting place for anyone involved in the dairy sector.
Students and professionals can come here for training courses, internships and graduation projects. It is a place where researchers can conduct pioneering research and the business sector is encouraged to commit to and invest in innovative projects. And all to ensure that we can continue producing healthy and safe milk in the future, with respect for mankind, animals and the environment.

GD Animal Health

GD Animal Health is a leading organisation in animal health and animal production. Over ninety years, GD Animal Health has supported industrial customers, governments, veterinarians and farmers by providing animal health programmes and laboratory diagnostic services.
The main goal of GD Animal Health is ‘Teaming up for animal health, in the interest of animals, their owners and society at large’. Good health is in the interest of animals and contributes to sustainable farming. This work fulfils the wishes of a society that wants eco-friendly food that is tasty, safe and healthy. GD Animal Health has been working on these goals for almost a hundred years.
GD Animal Health is assigned the important task of monitoring the health of all farm animals in the Netherlands. Such close scrutiny requires relevant knowledge of all farm animals and a multidisciplinary approach, making GD Animal Health a natural choice to lead this country-wide surveillance.