Fonterra dairy volumes fall
Tough spring conditions have been blamed for a 3 per cent fall in milk production from farms supplying Fonterra for the 2016-17 season.
Fonterra’s total milk collection last season ended at 1526 million kilograms of milk solids (MS), according to Fonterra’s June Global Dairy Update.
North Island farmers ended the season 4 per cent down on last year, producing 915.7 million kilograms while South Island farmers’ milk collection was down at 0.4 per cent, producing 610 million kilograms.
‘‘Wet conditions through spring saw collections down 8 per cent in October, however favourable weather conditions through summer saw a lift in milk production. May collections were 66 million kilograms MS, 1 per cent down on the same month last season with cool conditions impacting the South Island,’’ the update said. Fonterra predicted 1575 million kilograms would be collected for the 2017-18 season.
Fonterra collected 1526 million kilograms of milk solids off its farms for the 2016-17 season.