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Waibury Dairy Farming Update June 2014

Thursday, 19 June 2014 at 4:27pm

All of New Zealand has been experiencing wet weather conditions, but with plenty of water, winter feed, and good grass growth, farms are managing well.  The North Island  has so far experienced mild winter temperatures, with plenty of sunshine hours.  So far this winter, we have seen an increase in milk production when compared with the same time last year.  Hopefully the predicted cooler El-Nino weather won’t come to much this year.

The latest GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) saw prices rise for the first time since February 2014. The GDT price index advanced 0.9 per cent to US$3,807 a tonne.  Previously we have seen a drop in dairy prices as more global milk suppliers have entered the market, combined with a reduction in Chinese dairy imports.

The National Fieldays was seen as a huge success once again, with over 900 exhibitors and visitor numbers estimated to be around 120,000.  The Fieldays are a great showcase for New Zealand’s Agri-sector, and visitors come from all over the World with 37 different countries registered this year.

We are heading into calving season now, July through to September, this is the busiest time in the dairy farming calendar and conditions are looking good.