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Dairy News Heading into Summer

Monday, 4 November 2013 at 12:12pm

Low October rainfall has made some farmers nervous about the summer ahead, but fortunately long term predictions do not indicate a repeat of last year’s  drought for the South Island.  In the Waikato recorded soil moisture levels are behind last year, which means farmers will keep a close eye on feed produced as we head into the warmer months.

The Central Plains water scheme extended its deadline for a week to raise sufficient capital for a February start to earthworks, and it is also reported there could be 50 more milking herds in Southland by next year.

Proposed irrigation schemes, like the Central Plains scheme, are being looked at in many areas as farmers plan for the future of providing more food for the global market.  Dairy is seeing huge growth across the country, and in Southland in particular.  Fonterra are also further expanding, with a 6% purchase of Australian company Bega Cheese, and plans to process butter and cream products in China.