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The new quota for Dutch dairy farmers
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The new quota for Dutch dairy farmers

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A Dutch industry grouping have agreed to limit livestock production, effectively limiting the dairy sector growth plans, writes Jack Kennedy.
A Dutch industry grouping have agreed to limit livestock production, effectively limiting the dairy sector growth plans, writes Jack Kennedy.

The Dutch farming industry is fighting to save its nitrate derogation after it exceeded phosphate threshold in 2015 and expectations are it will exceed again in 2016 and 2017. Last week in the Netherlands an emergency meeting of all industry stakeholders met to agree specific guidelines that effectively cap the number of livestock in the country. The consequences are some Dutch dairy farmers will have to reduce cow numbers in 2017.

There are a number of issues ongoing in Holland at the moment that will have significant consequences for other EU countries and dairy markets into next year and beyond. The ...

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