Drought takes toll on milk production

The drought has taken its toll on milk production with Fonterra’s milk collection was down .5% in the first 11 months of the season and down 34.4% for April.

Milk collection across New Zealand is down 0.5 percent for the eleven months to 30 April 2013 compared to the same period last year, reaching 1,414 million kgMS collected.
The volume of milksolids collected is down season to date, due to lower monthly collections for February, March and April compared to the same period last season. Consistent rainfall across the country in April has helped to improve on farm conditions, but this has been too late to stop milk production falling below last season’s record levels as many suppliers have already stopped producing for the season. Milk collected across New Zealand for April was down 34.4%  on last season reflecting the impact of the recent dry conditions compared to the strong end to the 2011/12 season.

Our production is better than budgeted. We had a slow start to the season with a long, cold spring and early summer but then it warmed up and with irrigation compensating for lack of rain from early January we had good conditions for grass growth and milk production.

We’re also benefiting from the decision to get smaller and use sharemilkers.

It’s better for stock and staff as neither have to work as hard.

That’s paid off with better animal health, better production and the sharemilkers get a greater reward from the better returns.


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