Restricted pasture growth and milk production occurs in many parts of New Zealand as a result of dry summer conditions and irrigation restrictions. An El Niño weather pattern is predicted to bring dry conditions to many parts of New Zealand this summer (2015/16), especially the North Island’s east coast. Ministry for Primary Industries explains El Niño here.
Setting up for summer involves creating a plan and increasing feed supply to ensure you are ready if dry conditions eventuate. Find out how to set up for summer here.
Regular monitoring of both the farm and wider situation is important, as it allows you to evaluate the options available for stock and feed management, based on the most accurate information.
Managing through a drought or very dry summer requires two key outcomes to be kept in mind - keeping some cows in milk for when it rains and protecting next season.