Farm at­tempt­ing to quell fly num­bers, say own­ers

The Compass - - OPINION -

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

Cavendish.

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