Dutch dairy farmers to reduce numbers of cows significantlyStaff writer ▼ | April 25, 2016
New EU environmental rules could see dairy farmers in Holland have to reduce the numbers of cows on their farms significantly.
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He says phosphate production in 2015 was 176.3m kg, which is 3.4m kg above the Dutch derogation under EU legislation.
The new rules are enforceable from January 1, 2017 and Farrell says Dutch dairy farmers will be issued with phosphate rights, based on the number of cows in July 2015.
“Farmers will be allowed to trade these rights, with extra allowances available to extensive, pasture based farms,” he said.
In volume terms, Farrell highlights that Holland produced the greatest amount of extra milk in the EU in 2015. ■