Around a hundred activists occupied a pig farm in Boxtel on Monday in a protest meant to draw attention to animal suffering in the Netherlands. A few dozen farmers also gathered for a counter protest. The police eventually put an end to the action. Dozens of protesters were arrested, NU.nl reports.
A residential farm in Riethoven, Noord-Brabant, burned to the ground on Sunday morning. One of the residents fell unconscious in the burning home and was rescued by two neighbors - a pig farmer and a woman walking her dog, RTL Nieuws reports.
"My husband went to feed the pigs at 6:00 a.m.", the pig farmer's wife said to RTL. "He saw a lot of smoke and first thought that his own company was on fire. Then he saw a red glow on the other side of the street and quickly ran towards it."
The police found explosives while searching a farm on Welbergsedijk in Steenbergen on Thursday night. The explosives were stored in a shed. The resident of the farm was arrested, Omroep Brabant reports.
Emergency services were at the scene on a large scale, including multiple police cars, a fire truck and an ambulance. The area around the farm was closed to the public. The police also searched the garden with a sniffer dog.
A large fire at a farm in Orvelte, Drenthe killed some 15 thousand chickens during the early hours of Monday morning. No one else was injured
Drachten police "arrested" a sheep that had strayed from its farm, into the high way, and hindering traffic flow on the N31, Friday morning.
The Netherlands has experienced a record year in food exports so far, firming up the country's position as the second-largest agricultural exporter in the world. Despite Russia's boycott targeting agricultural exports, the overall success has been remarkable even as farm organization LTO points to an increase in farm bankruptcies.
A positive test for bird flu has led the Dutch government to ban the transportation of all poultry products nationwide, the Ministry of Economic Affairs announced Sunday. The ban affects the distribution of poultry, eggs, poultry manure and used bedding from poultry farms, and similar items are banned from mixed farms.
A big fire raged in four company buildings in Poeldijk on Sunday. The buildings were laid to ruin, and the fire, which broke out in the evening, is still not under control according to a spokesperson for the fire department. Attempts to extinguish it could still go on for several hours.
A Dutch carbine rifle from the beginning of the Second World War was dug up in the forest near Leersum on Heuvelrug in Utrecht after being buried for 74 years. The weapon will be given to a museum, the Forestry Commission reports.
Police in Amstelveen shot dead an escaped cow on Wednesday afternoon, claiming that that the animal was a danger to the public.
The Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) (Dutch Oil Company) is buying a farm in the village of Groningen Onderdendam, because it sustained heavy damage from earthquakes. The tremors are caused by gas drilling in the area.