A portion of the milk does not have to keep the phosphate reduction plan. Because they had already planned expansions, they do not reduce the number of female cattle within the company.

That the Court of The Hague ruled Thursday in a brief action lawsuit brought by several farmers. 

According to the operators, they are affected by the unreasonably hard Scheme phosphate reduction plan 2017 which has been discussed on 1 March. 

This plan should ensure that the number of female cattle for companies is reduced to the level of 2 July 2015. If the farmers do not succeed, they must pay a fee.


But this group of farmers had already made investments on July 2, 2015 for extensions. The court emphasized that these entrepreneurs had already been committed for example banks. 

“If they can not use their investments, there is a danger that they can not meet their financial obligations,” said the court. The scheme for these dairy farmers therefore set aside.

“Important is that these farmers, according to the court did not consider them to keep their investments would be affected by the scheme.”

organic farms

A few claimants have organic dairy farms. Organic farmers do produce phosphate, but do not contribute to the phosphate surplus. This is because they are below the European standard for phosphate.

Organic farmers with mixed business even have a shortage of manure. This is because they have to use manure for their crop. “For them, therefore an additional disadvantage by the scheme,” the court.


Van Dam’s Ministry of Economy has announced studying the ruling. The ministry will soon expect a letter from farmers in the same boat as the farmers have been vindicated and the verdict in hand also ask for an exemption, says spokesperson Diana Saaman behalf of entrepreneurs.

Saaman not expect its supporters that Van Dam will appeal, ” because the judge was very clear and positive ”. ” He’d better go make another plan. ”

Friends of the Earth, which the farmers supported who filed the lawsuit, was’ ‘pleased that the court refers the phosphate agreement to the trash.’ The environmental organization considers that the State “the manure problem must accept the polluters, the farmers who keep many cows on too little land.”

Translated from Dutch

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