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Animal manure

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Entrepreneurs in the agricultural, horticultural and livestock sectors in the Netherlands must comply with the rules on animal manure. These rules cover:

Sampling solid manure

Transportation companies are not allowed to take their own solid samples from thick fraction. This can only be done by independent samplers belonging to an accredited organisationExternal link (in Dutch). Companies are accredited by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl).

Exemption to ban on use of natural fertilisers for research

You are not allowed to spread natural fertilisers (animal manure, sewage sludge or a mix) between 1 September en 31 January. However, you can apply for an exemption for researchExternal link to your provincial authority (in Dutch).

Expanding a dairy farm

If you wish to expand your dairy farm, you must compensate for the increase in animal manure production either by providing extra spreading capacity (land), complete processing or a combination of both. This is deemed necessary to avoid an undesired growth towards intensive factory farming as a result of the abolishment of the European milk quota system.

Registration land use

Entrepreneurs in the agricultural, horticultural and livestock sectors in the Netherlands have to register their land useExternal link with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Dutch), among others with regard to the spreading of manure. Registration concerns surface area, planted crops, location and position and any changes with regard to these aspects.

Labelling animal manure

Manufacturers of fertilisers must comply with the labelling regulations, which are listed in the Fertilisers Implementation Decree (Uitvoeringsbesluit Meststoffen).

Online application procedure via Message Box

In the province of Noord-Brabant you can use Message Box to apply digitally for an exemption on the ban on spreading organic fertiliser. 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