- The IFCN activities are following an annual time schedule:
Farm comparison: Analysis on cost of milk production: The IFCN is working with the concept of typical farms and the model TIPICAL. This combination allows a worldwide comparison of micro-economic results like costs of milk production, returns, profitability and productivities of dairy farms. The variations of these result parameters over the past years and the drivers for such trends are also analysed.
Sustainability of milk production: Besides economic indicators the IFCN has developed tools to evaluate the sustainability of dairy farming systems, which also covers social and environmental indicators such as greenhouse gas emissions by different farm types.
Milk price analysis: The IFCN is analysing the global dairy commodity prices and the local farm gate milk prices. A key focus is on price transmission schemes.
Dairy chain analysis: Via different methods the IFCN is analysing the dairy value chain from the farmer through the consumer. A key focus is on the margins in the chain.
Dairy farm structure analysis: The monitoring of dairy farm numbers and farm size developments is a crucial part of the IFCN research.
Dairy sector analysis: The IFCN dairy sector model allows on national and global levels the analysis of the milk production, consumption, trade and the related drivers.
Dairy policy analysis: As policy is one of the key drivers in the dairy sector the IFCN has a set of tools to quantify the impacts of different policies.
Dairy region development: The IFCN has experience to support regional dairy development and the identification of future strategies.