In addition, the number of animals decreased. The farmers were already under the European nitrogen ceiling and are now diving further under it. Farmers with cattle, pigs and chickens in particular emit less nitrogen. The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reports this on the basis of new figures.
In 2019, 490 million kilos of nitrogen came from animal manure. That is more than 13 million kilos less than a year earlier. In 2018, the livestock sector was for the first time just below the European maximum of 504.4 million kilos. The distance to that ceiling has now increased.
Dairy farms accounted for two thirds of the contraction. Dairy farmers are now also under the ceiling that the European Union has specifically set for their sector. Nitrogen emissions shrunk because the number of cows decreased. They also used food with less nitrogen. This did not lead to a lower milk production per cow.
Dutch livestock produces less phosphate for the third year in a row. Farmers have been under the European phosphate ceiling since 2017.
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