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Animal breeding techniques

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

In the Netherlands, when using breeding techniques on animals, animal egg cells and embryos may only be removed and transferred by someone with a professional qualification. Only sperm collection centres may collect sperm. For pig and cattle sperm, sperm collection centres must be certified by the minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. Breeding techniques may not cause the animal unnecessary pain, injury, stress or any other distress.

You can ask for dispensation from these regulations from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. Such dispensations are only granted very rarely and provided your activities will not endanger the health or welfare of the animals.

Online application procedure via Message Box

You can apply for a certification of your sperm collection centre also via Message Box. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency