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Dutch cows are caught up in diplomatic row with Turkey

By Staff Reporter

A herd of Dutch cows has become caught up in a diplomatic row between Turkey and the Netherlands. Some 40 Holstein Friesian cattle are on their way back to Holland after Turkey's Red Meat Association ordered them to be returned home.

It said 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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