29 Nov 2011

Fight continues against Southland conversion rule

12:51 pm on 29 November 2011

Southland farmers are against a new rule on dairy farm conversions which is due to be enacted in December.

Southland Regional Council has issued a draft policy to make all new dairy farms a discretionary activity.

This means farmers will need to prove they can comply with resource consents before a conversion goes ahead.

The policy is likely to come into effect on 17 December after a full council vote. Submissions will be allowed until March next year.

Southland dairy farmer representative Russell MacPherson says that's an unfair process.

However, Southland chief executive, Ciaran Keogh says a full consultation process will be carried out by the council and the rule could be revised.