Following the end of milk quotas, the Netherlands has significantly and rapidly increased its livestock and milk production. The raise of the Dutch livestock has been facilitated thanks to the implementation of a derogatory mechanism to the “phosphorus ceilings” foreseen in the “nitrates” Directive.
A fraud undertaken by some Dutch farmers has been discovered. By reporting the calving and attributing the heifer‘s offspring to a cow from their livestock, the latter was falsely becoming the mother of twins and the heifer was remaining out of the lactation headcount.
Therefore, the farmers did not outwardly make the bovine load per hectare heavier within their farming. Thus, they got round the phosphorus emission threshold. Moreover, these first-time mothers were producing milk on a congested European market, generating revenues for these producers.
This fraud reveals several failures in the monitoring.
Can the European Commission provide me with the measures it plans to take against the fraud’s perpetrators? Which responsibilities will it take? Does it foresee not to renew similar derogatory mechanisms?