Since the introduction of milk quota regime in 1983, the Dutch dairy stock was reduced by 1.1 million (42 percent) to just under 1.5 million cattle. The most substantial reduction occurred in the provinces of Limburg and North Brabant, where the dairy stock was reduced by half over the period 1983-2007.
With 15 percent, the reduction was more moderate in the province of Flevoland. The decline was also moderate in provinces like Groningen and Zeeland, where the number of dairy cows has always been small.
Reduction dairy stock, 1983–2007