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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Dutch cows have to mooove out of Turkey amid diplomatic row

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A herd of Dutch cows have become caught up in a diplomatic row between Turkey and the Netherlands.

Some 40 Holstein Friesian cows are on their way back to the Netherlands from Turkey after Turkey's Red Meat Association ordered the cows to be returned home.

It said that it no longer wants the cows, amid a diplomatic crisis between Turkey and the Netherlands.

“The Dutch Holstein cows have become very common in our country. But this breed is starting to cause serious problems,” Bülent Tunç, the head of the Turkish Association of Red Meat Producers, told the Anadolu news agency.

“In future we do not want animal products from Holland. The first batch of Holsteins have been loaded and we will send them back." 

Turkey, he said, should instead focus on breeding its own cattle. It's unclear where the cows currently are or whether Dutch authorities will allow them back into the Netherlands.

If not, Tunc said Turkey would "distribute the cuts" after slaughter.

The two countries have been involved in a diplomatic row since The Hague stopped Turkish ministers holding rallies to help expand the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

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