Farmer backs his Van Diemen’s Land boss
FARMERS at Tasmania’s biggest dairy operation say controversy over animal welfare and the operation’s management have been blown out of proportion.
Dairy farmer Chris Brown has been farming at the Van Diemen’s Land Company for 12 years and is the only remaining share farmer there since the operation was purchased by Chinese businessman Xianfeng Lu in 2016.
Mr Brown said he remains confident in Mr Lu’s management of the operation, despite a recent letter sent to the owner by a number of staff outlining their concerns.
“The letter and this whole thing has gotten a bit out of control, it’s been blown completely out of proportion,” he said.
Mr Brown said the aim of the letter, was to bring potential issues to Mr Lu’s attention and to ensure that the staff would not be held responsible, if he chose not to invest in the appropriate maintenance across the property.
However Mr Brown said it was not in response to any current issues with animal welfare or occupational health and safety.
“Mr Lu is the owner, it’s not being run as a corporate anymore and he’s a shrewd businessman,”he said.
SUPPORTED: A farmer has backed Van Diemen’s Land Company owner Lu Xianfeng.