On 7 July 2017, the province of Noord-Brabant imposed a ban on goat breeding due to possible health risks for local residents. Gelderland province followed over one month after this with its own local goat stop. A number of provinces have implemented a goat stop. The provincial ban has put an end to the expansion of existing goat farms, the establishment of new goat farms and the conversion of holdings into goat farms. Licences granted before the goat stop are not being withdrawn.
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