Taranaki farmers with heifers carrying a mutation inherited from a commercial breeding bull have called a second meeting to discuss their options.
Farmers remained frustrated at the Livestock Improvement Corporation's (LIC) continued refusal to pay compensation for the heifers, Taranaki Federated Farmers dairy chairman Derek Gibson said yesterday.
About 900 farmers throughout the country have 1500 hairy, heat-intolerant and poorly-milking heifers sired by a bull called Matrix.
Waikato farmers who had animals with the mutation might attend the meeting in Hawera on Thursday evening, he said.
"We'll have some information from them. We want a collaborative approach."
Mr Gibson said farmers remained unhappy at the stance of LIC which, as a gesture of goodwill, had credited farmers with the cost of the inseminations.
LIC is refusing to pay compensation because it says it did not know about the naturally-occurring mutation when it sold the semen.
Mr Gibson said the credit was not made as part of a consultation process Farmers were not accepting it as full and final settlement.
A meeting held between Federated Farmers and LIC last month had failed to resolve the issue and farmers remained frustrated at LIC's attitude.
Mr Gibson said Federated Farmers was facilitating discussions so farmers could decide what to do.
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