[7 April/Rural Life]

PGG Wrightson sold seeds linked to the deaths of hundreds of dairy cows in 2014. Farmers were sold the wrong swede seed leading to the deaths. They said an investigation showed an error in the supply chain and the wrong line of seed had been processed. Human error led to 556 farmers with the wrong crops. PGG Wrightson Seeds General Manager, David Green, said the company had made a mistake and that in some cases there would need to be a change in some of the feeding management of the crops. Those situations had to be considered when looking at claims. He noted they had not yet decided how the process would work, but that they were conscious of being equitable and consistent. Mr Green hoped it would happen within the next few weeks and that it was too early to say what the cost to the company would be.