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New Zealand Drought Shows Farmer Resilience

09 December 2013

NEW ZEALAND - The 2013 drought cut the dairy season short, but only decreased production by 1.6 per cent, industry data shows.

Livestock Improvement Corporation and Dairy New Zealand data has shows New Zealand's dairymen produced 1,658 million kilos of milksolids, more than that of the 2010/11 season, although down on the record breaking 2011/12 season.

National yield was linked to good performance from Canterbury, Otago and Southland in particular. Herd size increase helped, as did good production in early December 2012, according to Diary New Zealand. 

Dairy New Zealand said: "Both organisations agree the achievement is a testament to the resilience of farmers and their ability to manage through a drought with minimal impact to their business and the New Zealand economy."

 

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