Fonterra takes its dairying responsibilities seriously and we’re committed to ensuring that our suppliers manage the welfare of animals responsibly and meet their obligations as custodians of the environment on which they farm.
Since becoming aware of the issues, we have been working with VDL and its management, the industry and regulators to ensure VDL remedies them.
We have worked with VDL to ensure a comprehensive plan is put in place, which includes initiatives to manage and resolve the on-farm issues and help them comply with industry standards.
While progress is being made, it will take some time to see the material improvements from these initiatives.
Dairy farms are complex businesses, with cows needing to be fed and milked daily – so we can’t just stop picking up milk, particularly at farms of this size.
The situation at VDL is challenging and the responsible thing to do is to support VDL where we can.