LIVESTOCK & SHADE: IS THIS TRUE?
RE YOUR article regarding animals needing shade (February, 2016), until recently I used to live surrounded by farms, mostly dairy farms and a beef farm (in Northland).
The beef farmer was very indignant when he told me that it is Fonterra who forces the farmers to cut the trees on their farms. He said he knew this from his son who was working on a dairy farm nearby.
It would be interesting to find out if this is true, wouldn’t it? It’s a pity I no longer live near that neighbour, otherwise I could have asked him more about it. He was genuinely upset about it when he told me – this was maybe about two years ago.
I would certainly be interested to hear Fonterra’s reaction as I have been repeating the information that I received from my neighbour and may be wrongly accusing Fonterra.