Spring milk flush chal­lenges Fon­terra

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Fon­terra’s man­power and plants are be­ing stretched un­der a spring milk tsunami that saw a record 30 mil­lion litres col­lected from Waikato and Bay of Plenty on one day last week.

The dairy gi­ant said it was find­ing the col­lec­tion and pro­cess­ing of the milk wave through­out the coun­try ‘‘chal­leng­ing’’ and was dust­ing off con­tin­gency plans for cop­ing with a su­per-flush.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, trade and op­er­a­tions, Gary Ro­mano said farm­ers were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing de­lays in hav­ing their milk picked up as a hic­cup in one place sent a rip­ple im­pact across re­gions.

Fon­terra’s tankers, in­clud­ing 76 new ar­rivals in New Zealand, were be­ing ‘‘shuf­fled up and down the coun­try’’ to meet the de­mand.

Mr Ro­mano could not rule out hav­ing to spill milk.

That has not hap­pened in a spring flush in more years than vet­eran in­dus­try play­ers can re­mem­ber. ‘‘I think we have enough con­tin­gency plans.’’

Milk col­lec­tion, on av­er­age, is up more than 13 per cent daily.

In the 2011 year, the farmer co­op­er­a­tive col­lected a record 15 bil­lion litres of milk.

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