PKE feed backed despite dead cows

Last updated 07:03 16/01/2014

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Palm kernel expeller supplier International Nutritionals (INL) denies it caused the death of two of Carterton dairy farmer Chris Engel's cows despite a Disputes Tribunal finding they died from ingesting metal debris.

But the company won't be appealing, saying the matter is now closed.

INL says it retains faith in the procedures and processes at its offshore mill which was visited last year by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Mr Engel went to the Masterton District Court Disputes Tribunal in an attempt to recover $12,522.23 to cover the death of his cows and their lost production. However, he had to settle for $5760, covering the cows' value, because of a restricted liability clause in supply contract with INL. Mr Engel warned other farmers to check the fine print on their supply contracts to avoid similar problems.

INL business manager Mike Borrie said, "We remain firm in our belief that PKE we supplied did not cause the death of the two cows at the Engel dairy farm in Carterton and met all regulations required for imported feed for lactating dairy cows."

He pointed out that a ministry report stated the processes and procedures at its mill met or exceeded New Zealand standards for PKE importation.

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