Dutch farmer concern over government phosphate limits

Published 11 August 15

The Dutch government has introduced phosphate limits which have dairy farmers concerned. The measures mean there is a fixed limit to the amount of phosphate per hectare that can be produced across all agricultural sectors – and dairy is already close to that limit.

Due to this, Dutch dairy farmers looking expand the herd are likely to need more land in order to meet the restrictions. As land prices are as high as €80,000 per hectare (approximately £56,000), it could discourage some from increasing their production.

The Netherlands is the fourth largest milk producing state in the EU and the country has been investing, in infrastructure and cows, in preparation for the end of milk quotas. Production for Apr-Jun 15 is around 6% higher than the previous year.