[11 December/ Stuff]

Fonterra has launched their ‘Opening Our Farm Gates’ campaign in an attempt to change the perception urban New Zealanders have of dairying and water quality. Part of the campaign involved opening two Manawatu dairy farms to the public over the weekend, with around 240 people visiting. Dairy Industry Chairman, Chris Lewis said it was a great opportunity to debunk some myths around farmers and the environment. Mr Lewis added that it was a great idea for all Kiwis to visit a farm and see first-hand the environmental work farmers have done and were still undertaking.