Successful summer management depends on planning, monitoring and taking action.
In recent years significant dry periods have been a feature of summer farming in many regions. It is important that farmers take steps to minimise the impact of a dry period in order to minimise stress, protect next season's production and to achieve maximum profitability from the current season.
See the links below for the latest Drought Updates from DairyNZ.
Farmers in areas prone to dry conditions should aim have a well thought through contingency plan for the summer dry. The following information and resources will be useful to develop your own summer management strategy.
- Have a summer management plan
- Monitor the situation
- Manage Body Condition Score
- Consider Once-A-Day milking
- Use supplements wisely
- Look after your irrigated pasture
- Make best use of your farm advisors
2013 Drought Updates
Read the latest drought updates from DairyNZ below:
- Drought Update - 22 April 2013
- Drought Update - 16 April 2013
- Drought Update - 9 April 2013
- Dry Summer Update - 27 March 2013
- Dry Summer Update - 12 March 2013
- Dry Summer Update - 5 March 2013
- Dry Summer Update - 26 February 2013
- Dry Summer Update - 19 February 2013
- Dry Summer Update - 13 February 2013
- Ministry for Primary Industries - 2013 Drought FAQ
- NZ Government (15 March 2013) Drought officially declared throughout North Island
- Federated Farmers (6 March 2013) Upper North Island officially in drought
- NZ Government (6 March 2013) Government extends drought areas in North Island
- DairyNZ (27 February 2013) Drought - Farmers need to know they are not alone
- Dry summer management - culling cows (1-33 B)
- Summer nutrition (1-34)
- Nitrogen use after a dry summer (7-4)
- Dry summer management - milking OAD or every 16 hours (1-33C)
- Once-a-day milking in a dry summer
- Inside Dairy December 2011 - Waiting for Rain (see sidebar on page five for latest update on OAD in a dry summer)
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