Millions to buy farmers, but a new stable is coming in Oirschot

For the first time, we have a minister committed to reducing livestock numbers. According to her, this is inevitable if we are to achieve nitrogen goals. The first peak cranes have now been purchased. The fact that a huge new stable is being built along the A58 motorway near Oirschot makes many passersby frown. “Anyone who can do a little math can see that’s not true.”

The permit to increase the number of pigs in Oirschot has already been issued in 2020. In addition to the approximately 8,000 pigs and piglets the entrepreneur already owns, it has been allowed to expand with just under 12,000 final pigs. The last 5,000 will be in the stable still under construction at Kattenbergsesteeg.

Entrepreneur not only growing strongly in Oirschot, but also growing in Heukelom. There his company grows to 18,000 pigs. almost doubled. Very special, because his company is located next to the first purchased peak bearing in Brabant. The neighbor was bought for 2.5 million. Those ten thousand pigs will disappear.

“So the pigs that were added here are disappearing elsewhere.”

According to Aldermann Auerschot, Joep van de Veen, the picture that the pig population is increasing is incorrect. “The rights to pigs that the entrepreneur needs come from another hog farm that stops,” says van de Veen. “So the pigs added here will disappear in a different place. So the number of pigs will not increase.”

As strange as it sounds, it’s actually good for reducing nitrogen emissions. “The clogs often still have an old stable. The rights to the pigs are transferred to a businessman who makes the stable adjustments and thus ensures that emissions are reduced.”

But also near this new stable at Oerschot the municipality and county have already withdrawn. Pig breeder Van Hall’s license was revoked for 2 million euros. This prevented Van Hal from harboring 19,000 pigs next to the Di Campina Nature Reserve. So the stable will not be built in Logtsebaan. Less than three kilometers away, another stable is now being built.

“How can eliminating non-existent animals reduce emissions?”

The States faction of the Animal Party has serious doubts about the situation. Party chairwoman Ann-Mip Flasfield: “On paper, it’s true: doubling the number of pigs, thanks to new housing systems, will lead to fewer emissions of odors and nitrogen. But almost anyone who can count a few can see that this is not true. Almost doubling the number of pigs does not It can reduce emissions.

In practice, we now also see emissions from companies for which the permit has been submitted and granted but not used. How can eliminating non-existent animals reduce emissions? ”

“This fold is too far from De Campina to qualify for possession.”

Alderman Van de Ven asserts that the total number of animals in Brabant is already declining. “Entrepreneurs bought through the county mass purchase scheme lose their rights. So those animals never come back, and those rights are removed from the market. This causes the total nitrogen blanket to fall over the Netherlands. Expanding in Oirschot, it is possible to increase the number of pigs in A cleaner stable, because this stable is too far from the Natura2000 De Kampina area to qualify for the acquisition.”

“Stirring up” pigs’ rights does not lead to an absolute increase in the number of animals, but to concentrations, as is the case now in Heukelom and Oirschot. A company with nearly 20,000 animals in two places has a huge booth in two places. For example, tackling the nitrogen problem still seems like two steps forward and one back, says the Animal Party.

“This brings the water to the sea.”

“Pig dredging is, of course, ridiculous. The Animals Party is in favor of a complete moratorium on licensing expansion and new stables. The tap must be turned off because there is already enough to dispose of! It is disastrous for the boycott to continue to allow farmers to invest in new magical floors and often unfiltered air purifiers Efficient enough, that (in part) millions of euros are wasted buying.”

Vlasfield continues: “Look at Heukelom. Buying a cattle ranch on one side of the street, doubling the number of pigs on the other side of the street is taking the water out to sea. Then an integrated view is really missing. The challenges we face as a society now, and then time is lost. precious, apart from all those billions of public money we throw away.”

UeB is also unhappy with the arrival of the new barn next to the A58. The environmental organization is still trying to prevent the use of the stable through the courts. The case will go to Den Bosch Court on October 25.

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