Finding value in the unwanted

A Te Awamutu calf rearer has been providing livestock for export for 15 years and he is extremely disappointed at the government’s decision to ban livestock exports from New Zealand.

After spending time on feedlots and visiting rural villages in China, Ian Farrelly knows how much the Chinese people value the livestock they import.

“As individual farmers, we will adapt and China can get their animals from anywhere,” Ian says.

“But we were their preferred source, and now it’s the animal welfare that is going to suffer, as well as the economic impacts and the damage to the relationship.”

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