(5July/The Country)

Ngāi Tahu Farming has been ordered to pay just over $211,000 to Southland farming company, John Young Farming Ltd for the cancellation of a contract. The contract was for 1000 calves over Mycoplasma bovis concerns. The contract, which had been entered into in August 2017, stated Ngāi Tahu Farming had agreed to purchase Friesian rising one-year old bulls. John Young Farming Ltd claimed that Ngāi Tahu Farming had breached the contract by not being prepared to take on the cattle at the agreed upon time. Evidence showed that Ngāi Tahu Farming had a protocol change on the sale and purchase of animals after the contract had been created and did not make John Young Farming Ltd aware of it. When contacted about the case, Ngāi Tahu Farming chief executive Andrew Priest said they would not appeal the court’s decision. The company stated that they do not regret what they did as their highest priority was ensuring no further spread of M.bovis, either to its own properties or local farms.