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New phosphate reduction plan sets limits to Dutch dairy production

Staff Writer | February 16, 2017
The European Commission approved a plan to reduce phosphate emissions from the Dutch livestock sector.
Dutch dairy herd
Dairy herd   160,000 animals less
The plan will encourage farmers to reduce their herd size or stop farming, and require feed compounders to lower the phosphorous content in the feed.

As a result of the plan, the dairy herd is anticipated to be reduced by about 160,000 animals.