Farmer Jane Smith was “blown away” by the group dynamic and drive when she and husband Blair hosted the North Otago-based Growth and Development in Farming Action Group at Newhaven Farms in Oamaru.
“All staff are safe and no injuries have been reported,” said Greg Campbell, chief executive of Ravensdown.
Fifty-seven people work at the plant. Emergency services are currently in attendance.
“The fire started at the eastern end of our storage store but it’s too early to know the cause. We will be working closely with an investigation team to identify the cause.”
“Our staff have been outstanding and have followed our procedures to ensure the site is safe for the emergency response team. I also want to thank emergency services for their response.”
“We acknowledge any inconvenience to our neighbours and we’d like to thank the well-wishers for their support.”
Campbell said Ravensdown was already working with its customers and transporters to keep them informed and help them with alternative supply options.
Ravensdown has operated at the 14ha Main South Road site since 1922.