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Biggest Decision Ever for Dairy Farmers

14 June 2001 PR 83/2001

Biggest Decision Ever for Dairy Farmers

"NZ Dairy Farmers are collectively about to make the most important decision they will ever make in their lives," said Charlie Pedersen, National Chairman of Dairy Farmers of New Zealand.

"The decision to endorse or reject the Global Co proposal will forever cast the die for the New Zealand dairy farmer business.

"A vote for Global Co will clearly gather together the New Zealand Dairy Board, New Zealand Dairy Group and Kiwi Dairies into a single cohesive entity that is already panicking our competitors," said Mr Pedersen.

"A vote against Global Co will see the New Zealand Dairy Board divided by New Zealand Dairy Group and Kiwi Dairies. It will destroy the Board's value and the Board's ability to add value to the marketing of farmers' milk. It will cause a down turn that will see the dairy industry lost to overseas control in a desperate effort to remain viable.

"I am confident my fellow farmers will get it right as they always have and will vote for Global Co so as to continue to control the most formidable dairy manufacturing and marketing organisation owned by farmers in the world," concluded Mr Pedersen.

ENDS

For further information Charlie Pedersen 025 463 480

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