Thursday, 20 September 2018 10:43

Forgetful?

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Speaking of M. bovis, the Hound understands the latest outburst by a farmer hit early on by the cattle disease has upset several people.

The van Leeuwens -- the South Canterbury, multi-property dairy farmers first publicly identified with M. bovis last July – recently complained to a farming publication about the lack of support from Fed Farmers. And your old mate understands the dig at Feds has caused consternation and frustration at the farmer lobby. Your old mate understands countless hours have been spent by the Feds executive and staff helping the van Leeuwens deal with lots of problems caused by M. bovis. Your canine crusader suggests that perhaps the ongoing stress of dealing with M. bovis has caused these under-pressure farmers either a serious case of amnesia or just plain ungratefulness.

 

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