23-06-2014 01:29 AM | New Zealand

Fonterra contract cancellation angers farmers

Several Taranaki farmers say they feel they have been kicked in the guts by Fonterra and are set to lose thousands of dollars in income after being cut from a scheme to rear heifers for live shipment to China.

The farmers, who were approached to rear F12 heifers under the Fonterra International Live Stock Venture, say their contracts were cancelled with no real explanation despite assurances they would be part of the venture for at least three years.

Waverley calf rearer Chris Carrick said he had been approached by Fonterra to raise for the scheme. "I already rear around 335 calves each year so told them I could handle 108," he said.
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