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Dairy, pig and poultry farmers using the new stopper system are not allowed to keep the same animals in a different location. This is stated in the draft version of the National Termination Scheme for Livestock Farm Sites (LBV). In addition to the new discontinuation scheme, there is also a second tranche of measure for the targeted purchase and termination of livestock farms near nature reserves (MGA-2). A total of 750 million euros is available for purchase under both schemes.

In the location where livestock farming has been terminated, livestock farming may not be established under both schemes. However, another economic activity may be started, in which the nitrogen emission may not exceed 15% of the current permit. Anyone using MGA-2 can start or run a livestock farm with dairy cows, chickens, turkeys or pigs anywhere else in the Netherlands. However, cattle farms purchased under the new plug-in scheme are prohibited from keeping the same animal species in a different location as on a farm that has been closed with support. So a dairy farmer might become a pig farmer or a chicken farmer elsewhere, but he can no longer raise cows in the Netherlands.

100% production rights compensation and shed replacement value
The support consists of 100% market-based compensation for production rights and loss of production capacity value based on the age and size of the stables. Under a previous termination scheme (the scheme of support for the reform of pig farms), 65% of the loss in the value of production capacity was compensated. DLV Advies makes the calculation: “A 20-year-old pig with an area of ​​1,000 square meters is equal to 321,000 euros. In the previous reform scheme for pig farming, this was 208,650 euros.” According to the government, openings following this scheme are “by definition less attractive”.

The Minister for Nature and Nitrogen, Christian van der Waal (VVD) indicated in April that to make the purchase more attractive, she would enter into discussions with the Secretary of State for Finance about taxes and obstacles. It is still unknown what it is.

The government has the first right to buy the land
The blanket purchase scheme is only for livestock sites that emit more than 50 moles of nitrogen per year. MGA-2 is intended only for peak loads in the Natura 2000 areas. Unlike MGA-2, only livestock breeders with production rights (dairy cows, pigs, poultry) can participate under the new scheme. Breeders of calves, goats and rabbits, for example, can use MGA-2. If the buying farmers want to sell their farmland, the government has the right to negotiate first.

About 10,000 ranchers can benefit from the new sealer scheme. 270 million euros are available to dairy farmers, 115 million euros to pig farmers and the same amount to poultry farmers. Another 250 million euros was allocated for the second tranche of the MGA.

Both regulations have not yet entered into force. Two online consultations were launched. Stakeholders can respond to draft blueprints until June 12.

Linda Van Eckeries

Linda Van Eckeris is co-editor-in-chief. It mainly focuses on macroeconomic developments and the impact of policy on the agricultural sector.

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