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Tuesday 12 December 2017

New Zealand milk production tanks due to bad weather

Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

Milk production in New Zealand, which was already running significantly behind that of 2015, took a further hit in October.

Figures from Fonterra show its milk collection across New Zealand for the five months to October 31 reached 501m kgMS, 5pc lower than the same period last season.

The world’s largest milk processor says its New Zealand milk collection continues to be impacted by unfavourable weather conditions across the North and South Islands and in October reached 204 million kgMS, 8pc  behind the same month last season.

Daily collections peaked on October 19 at 80m litres, down on the previous two seasons.

Fonterra says production levels are not expected to recover and lower volumes will flow into the balance of the season.

Fall in Fonterra NZ October collections

  • New Zealand - 8pc
  • North Ireland -12pc
  • South Island -3pc

North Island milk collection fell the most in October reaching 122m kgMS, 12pc behind October last season. Meanwhile, South Island milk collection in October reached 82 million kgMS, 3pc behind October last season.


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Fonterra’s milk collection across Australia for the four months to October 31 was also significantly behind 2015 at 40m kgMS, 12pc lower than last season.

In October the co-operatives milk collection reached 13m kgMS, 10pc behind the same month last season.

Fonterra says milk collection in Australia continues to be adversely impacted by unfavourable weather conditions and while above average rainfall has slowed production, it is expected that the soil moisture conditions will favour early summer milk production.

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