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“Dairy New Zealand is telling farmers to stop feeding HT swedes to cows in spring when in late pregnancy or early lactation, but we want to see use stop altogether.
“HT swedes have been developed using technology similar to genetic engineering so they can be sprayed with chlorsulfuron, a herbicide that has been banned in China. The technology is unregulated and has led to cow deaths.”
The Government has “fobbed off” responsibility, leaving plant sample testing to an industry body when it should have managed intensive testing on animal and plant samples itself, he adds.
“We want the Government to investigate what effect chlorsulfuron is having on cows; eating plants sprayed with it will have implications for the cow’s health and that of consumers drinking their milk. Farmers deserve recompense from the Government, which allowed this to happen, and from the swede producer, PGG Wrightson.”
Minister of Primary Industries, Nathan Guy, says it is the responsibility of fodder crop sellers to ensure feed is fit for purpose.
“This was a regional incident with a range of contributing factors. As there was no one cause, a blanket ban was not the solution,” he says “Farmers should apply caution when feeding brassica fodder crops, and follow Dairy New Zealand advice regarding transitioning, plant maturity, and timing when feeding swedes.” Since you’re here… we have a small favour to ask. More and more people want the Post than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Post’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. With investigative reporting, we often don't know at the beginning how a story will unfold and how long it might take to uncover. This can mean it is costly – particularly as we often face legal threats that attempt to stop our reporting. But we remain committed to raising important questions and exposing wrongdoing. And we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as NZ$5, you can support the Post – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Post