Fon­terra dairy vol­umes fall

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - GERALD PIDDOCK

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.

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