Farmers' feathers ruffled by poultry farm plan

AUSTRALIA - Dairy farmers in South Gippsland are fighting the development of poultry farms in their lush green rolling hills. They think the huge broiler sheds, where tens of thousands of chickens are housed on an earth floor, are unsightly, smelly and polluting.

On the scenic Main South Road from Drouin, dozens of "No Broiler Farms" signs have been tacked to trees.

One group, centred in Poowong East, have incorporated to protect themselves while they fight an application for a local broiler farm.

They have watched dairy farmers in neighbouring areas struggle against the development of broiler farms and heard of threats that objectors will be sued. Not all local dairy farmers are opposed to the broiler farms, according to David Proctor, a consultant acting for Peter and Alison Drew.

Source: TheAge
calendar icon 23 August 2005
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