The number of cows, bulls and calves in the Netherlands decreased by 3 percent this year to 3.8 million, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday based on the provisional figures from the Agricultural Census. "That is really extremely beneficial for the nitrogen dossier",Cor Pierik, agricultural economist at Statistics Netherlands, said to RTL Nieuws.
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 fire on a large pig farm in Agelo during the early hours of Monday morning killed hundreds of pigs. Two stables were completely destroyed, the fire department confirmed to ANP.
The fire started in one of the farm's two piglet stables. Firefighters tried to stop it spreading further, "but that did not work", a spokesperson said to the news wire. The fire spread to a second stable, also containing hundreds of pigs. The fire is now under control, but the fire department expects it will take another few hours to completely extinguish it.
Twenty thousand pigs were killed in a fire that broke out in a pig farm on Erichemsewal just outside the Gelderland town of Erichem on Thursday. Asbestos was released in a small area around the stable, according to local safety office Veiligheidsregio Gelderland-Zuid.
The fire, and the extinguishing thereof, was accompanied by a lot of smoke in a large area around the farm. Local residents were warned to keep their windows and doors closed. Guests at a campsite in Erichem were told to stay inside their caravans or go to the main building, NU.nl reports.
Thunderstorms that pulled across the Netherlands on Thursday night caused a number of problems. Lighting strikes resulted in fires in several places, as well as some disruptions to train traffic. Rock band Bløf's concert had to be paused for around 20 minutes due to the weather, NOS reports.
Fires in Tilburg, Zwijndrecht, Weesp, Wijk bij Duurstede and Naarden are all believed to be caused by lightning strikes. Lightning is also believed to be behind a big fire in a pig company in Heeswijk-Dinther, according to Omroep Brabant. Two barns burnt down, killing around 4 thousand sows.
About 2 thousand piglets and sows were killed in a fire on a pig farm just outside the Noord-Brabant village of Mill on Wednesday night. Two barns containing the 2 thousand pigs were completely destroyed in the fire, Omroep Brabant reports.
Another barn could be rescued by the fire brigade. The pigs inside were evacuated and taken to a fourth barn. According to the Gelderlander, the farm owned a total of 600 sows and 2,200 pigs.
The fire was under control around midnight. Multiple fire brigades responded to deal with the fire. The cause of the fire is unclear.
A barn on a pig farm in Erp, Noord-Brabant, caught fire late on Tuesday night. The barn was completely destroyed. "A thousand pigs were probably killed by the fire", a spokesperson for the police said to NU.nl.
On a farm in Milheeze (Noord-Brabant) all 1100 pigs were killed on Wednesday, after the ventilation system in the stable had broken down. This was told by a spokesperson of the municipality of Gemert-Bakel of which Milheeze is a part of.
The ventilation system on the farm at De Haag in Milheeze, was possible already broken on Tuesday. However, that was only observed on Wednesday. The pigs died due to the high temperatures and the lack of fresh air.
5,000 pigs were killed on Thursday evening by a fire in a farm near Spoordonk village, between Eindhoven and Tilburg.
The fire broke out around 7:00 pm in the pig farm Van der Meijden at the Langedonksedijk in Spoordonk near Oirschot. The fire completely burned down three stables. Van der Meijden held 5800 piglets and sows, 800 of which survived the blaze. According to Fire Chief Ton Driessen, four other stables and the main building of the farm were spared.