“This is something all dairy farmers would be appalled to hear has taken place. There is no excuse for a farmer not being able to prevent this and it is distressing to hear that the poor performance of a farmer has impacted on a community facility and children. It’s not good enough and we fully empathise with the community concerned,” DairyNZ strategy and investment leader, Dr Jenny Jago.
“We don’t accept poor winter grazing practices and much work has been taking place to address the issue to protect animal welfare and the environment. Impacting on community facilities is another issue altogether and clearly unacceptable.
“We have been clear with farmers that poor performance around winter grazing is not good enough – farmers who aren’t lifting their game really need to take heed of this and give greater thought to practices on their farms and follow good practice.
“We understand this is being treated as a compliance issue by Environment Southland and that they are working with the farmer.
“While much work has been taking place to address poor winter grazing practices and the farming sector feels progress has been made, there is clearly still work to be done, particularly for some.
“The vast majority of farmers take great pride in caring for their animals and the environment.”
Advice and information is available for all farmers via dairynz.co.nz/wintering or ph 0800 324 7969.
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