Port dairy cows spared

Port Chalmers dairy farmer Merrall MacNeille is looking at various options to get his milk back on the market.

He was recently ordered to stop selling raw milk after a tuberculosis-positive heifer was discovered on his property.

He was able to supply milk for pasteurisation and, using a small pasteuriser, hoped to have "something on the shelf'' by the end of August.

Other options were also being explored and Mr MacNeille said they would "get there one way or another''.

He said he and his wife, Alex, had been overwhelmed by the response from the public since word of their situation spread.

Potentially facing a six-year delay before he was able to sell raw milk again, Mr MacNeille had booked his cows to be slaughtered.

He later changed his mind and decided to keep them, even though he could not sell their raw milk.

A Friends of Holy Cow support group was formed and a fundraising page has raised more than $14,000.

A fundraising banquet dinner will be held in the Port Chalmers Town Hall on July 9.

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