The demise of NZ Dairies in South Canterbury has left behind many supplier sharemilkers and dairy farm owners fearful for their bottom line.
Russian company Nutritek put NZ Dairies up for sale in June following the bankruptcy of its owner, Nutrinvestholding, which was declared bankrupt in March.
"It is never good to see agribusinesses folding, as it leaves a mess in rural communities. This is no exception," says Federated Farmers Dairy chairperson Willy Leferink.
As a consequence, these farmers are uniting to push for the best outcome for all of them.
Leading farmers in a time of stress takes skill and Leferink is pleased Federated Farmers has trained leaders for such events as these.
To date, Fonterra has made an offer which is with the Commerce Commission.
While the end of the saga of who will take up the local factory is in sight, and is likely to be Fonterra, the affected farmers know Federated Farmers will continue to fight for their rights.