Farmer puts cows in nappies to protest EU
NewsThursday 09 October 2014
A farmer from Bavaria has decided to put nappies on his cows in order to avoid breaking EU rules.
Under the EU nitrates directive, fertiliser use on hillsides with gradients of more than 15% have been prohibited.
This is making the Bavarian Farmers’ Association fear the worst as the new rules pretty much ban them from grazing cows on the slopes as their cow pats could be deemed to be fertiliser.
So, in protest to these new rules, Johann Huber, a local farmer whose family have farmed slopes in Gmund am Tegernsee in the Alps for over 400 years, has created nappies for his cows.
When speaking to the Daily Mail, Mr Huber said: “We have no standard nappies, they have not been developed commercially yet.”
Therefore he has made his own out of sheets.
Any farmers who are discovered to be breaching the nitrates directive could lose their EU agricultural subsidies, which are worth thousands of Euros every year.
But it does seem that these farmers need not fear for their wellbeing. The EU has spoken out saying that whilst its nitrates directive is necessary ‘to avoid the leaching of nitrates and water pollution’ it also said that the ban would not affect cattle.
A spokesperson said: “The directive does not foresee a ban on grazing animals on sloping land.”
But at least we got to see what a cow in a nappy looks like. Even if it was all for nothing.