About IFCN

IFCN started in 2000 as the International Farm Comparison Network uniting research partners via the in-depth analysis of the typical dairy farming systems around the world.

The network relies on the main pillars of the IFCN Research Partners, IFCN Supporting Partners and the IFCN Dairy Research Center managing the network, data and knowledge from Kiel, Germany.

IFCN Dairy Data

Dairy sector analysis

National and global analysis of milk production, consumption, trade and the related drivers

Milk price analysis

Global dairy commodity prices, local farm gate milk prices and price transmission schemes

Dairy chain analysis

Analyzing the dairy value chain from the farmer through the consumer with a key focus is on the margins in the chain

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

IFCN Farm Analysis

Farm comparison

Analysis of the cost of milk production: worldwide comparison of micro-economic results such as cost of milk production, returns, profitability and productivities of dairy farms and the drivers behind them

Sustainability of milk production

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

Dairy farm structure analysis

Monitoring dairy farm numbers and farm size developments

IFCN Dairy Outlook


Long- and short-term dairy outlook for the world and around 200 countries individually

Dairy region development

The IFCN has experience to support regional dairy development and the identification of future strategies

IFCN Mission

Create a better understanding of the dairy world by providing comparable data, knowledge and inspiration.

IFCN Values


Trust among the IFCN Partners is vital for sharing,cooperation and a network that really works


IFCN is independent from third parties and is a politically-neutral knowledge provider


Truth means for IFCN to show the dairy world as it is and as accurately as we can measure it