New EU law 'forces' farmer to makes cows wear nappies

New EU law 'forces' farmer to makes cows wear nappies
Published: 2014 October 10 17:52:25 (9579 Views)
Farmer Johann Huber has made huge dung nappies for his 18-strong herd because of a new EU nitrates directive that outlaws the use of fertilisers on hillsides with gradients of more than 15%.

The Bavarian Farmers' Association fears the rules are effectively a ban from grazing cows on slopes - because their dung deposits might be seen as fertilising.

The cow-pat spat rattled Mr Huber, whose countryside-loving family have farmed the slopes of Gmund am Tegernsee in the Alps for more than 400 years.

And he sees the over-sized undies as the perfect solution to his dung dilemma.



He said: "We have no standard nappies, they have not been developed commercially yet."

Farmers who ignore the nitrates directive could end up losing their EU agricultural subsidies, which are worth thousands of Euros each year.

But they also fear complying with the restrictions could also force them out of business.

The European Union says its nitrates directive is a necessary step "to avoid leaching of nitrates and water pollution".

But the European Commission denied the ban would affect cattle.



Source - Mirror

Tags: EU, law, ban,
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