Farm attempting to quell fly numbers, say owners
Recently, the Compass published an article about Viking Fur Farm in Cavendish, Trinity Bay. The article, headlined “Farming, the Viking way” ( Jan. 29, 2013 edition), described the general operation of the farm, including its contributions to the economy of the area.
Overall, the article did a very good job in describing the farm. However, since the article was published, members of the community liaison committee — established to improve communications amongst the towns, residents, the farm and the provincial government — have expressed considerable concern about comments attributed to the farm regarding the source of flies, including a statement the farm had been “cleared as a suspect in fly propagation.”
On behalf of the farm and as resident(s) of Cavendish/Whiteway, we empathize with area residents regarding high fly populations last summer. Farms have flies and Viking must manage the farm to minimize fly numbers. In the past five months, on the advice of consultants, the farm has reviewed and introduced practices and capital improvements to make the farm hostile to flies.
At the time of the consultant’s visit (August 2012) to the farm, fly populations on the farm were small. In essence, whereas there were few flies during his visit, the consultant was not able to identify a source of flies, which was interpreted in The Compass as follows: “there was no indication the farm was the main problem.”
Regardless, Viking Fur Inc. is committed to doing its part to ensure it does not contribute to the high fly populations in the community, which last summer were clearly unacceptable. We sincerely regret the ill feelings caused by the article.
Peter Boer and Erik Dalsagar are the owners/operators of Viking Furs, and write from