How did the Dutch name of the country pastures come from?
The Netherlands is a beautiful country. Tulips, windmills attract people, and the vast pastures. There are many titles of the Netherlands, one of which is the “land of pastures”, which is an appreciation for Dutch animal husbandry.
The Netherlands has a mild climate, abundant rainfall, and geographical advantages, so the Dutch pastures are naturally very good. With 60,000 dairy farms and 119,700 farms in the Netherlands, it is unceremonious to win the country of pastures.
The Netherlands is a country of water, a country of flowers, and a country of pastures. On the green low ground between the canals, black-and-white cows, white-headed black cows, white-waisted blue-billed black cows, grazing with their heads down. Some cows are covered with moisture-proof felt. Cows eat grass and cud, sometimes stand still, as if they are thinking about something. The calf looks like a noble lady, with a dignified manner. Lao Niu is like the parent of the herd, with incomparable dignity. Looking far away, the green velvety grassland and black and white cows are all around. This is the real Netherlands.
The emerald green lowlands are inlaid between the canals, and there are groups of horses, sturdy and powerful, with legs as thick as a column, and their manes flying in the wind. Except for the canal hidden by deep weeds, nothing can stop them from flying to Utrecht or Zwolle. The vast wilderness seems to belong to them. They are the dukes of the masters of this free kingdom.
There are also white sheep on the low ground, and they are at ease on the heavenly green grassland. The black pigs kept purring, as if approving of something. There are tens of millions of chickens and long-haired goats, but there is no one. This is the real Netherlands.
Only in the evening did I see a small boat coming over, sitting on a small bench, and milking the solemn and silent cow. The golden sunset was in the west, and there was occasional siren in the distance, followed by silence. Here, no one yelled, the bell on the cow’s neck did not ring, and the milker was silent.
In the canal, boats filled with milk barrels drove smoothly, and cars and trains were all carrying cans of milk to the city. After the car passed, everything was calm again. The dog did not bark, the cows in the pen did not moo, and the horses’ hooves did not kick the baffle of the stable. It was so silent. Sleeping livestock, silent lowland, dark night, only a few lighthouses in the distance are shining faintly.
In the agricultural composition of the Netherlands, animal husbandry accounts for 50%. The Dutch used land that was not suitable for farming to develop animal husbandry in accordance with local conditions. The average person has now reached one cow and one pig per capita, making it one of the most developed countries in the world’s animal husbandry industry, second only to Denmark.
In addition, the Netherlands has a temperate maritime climate, with an average temperature of 0-15 degrees Celsius throughout the year, uniform rainfall throughout the year and rainfall of more than 1000 mm, and its special soil is suitable for the growth of succulent pastures. The Dutch government adopts measures according to local conditions and takes advantage of favorable factors. The development of animal husbandry caters to the vast meat consumption market in Europe, so the Netherlands has expanded the animal husbandry industry.
One third of the area in the Netherlands is pasture, mainly raising black and white cows. The dairy industry is quite developed. There are 60,000 dairy farms in the country, raising 4.5 million dairy cows. In the livestock industry, dairy cows and their dairy products account for more than 70% of the output value of the livestock industry, followed by sheep, pigs and poultry, meat and milk. Products are an important export commodity, with 119,700 farms. It is no surprise that all the Netherlands is called a country with pastures.