Feed: Dry Summer Management

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.


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.

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Related Info




  • Inside Dairy December 2011 "Mother Nature's news for this summer"  View PDF (108 kb) 
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  • Technical Series Issue 6 "Summer-active grasses: What are they and how can they be controlled? View PDF (245 kb)
  • Technical Series Issue 6 "Is protein supplementation needed during summer?" View PDF (107 kb) 
  • Weathering the future - Presentation from DairyNZ Farmers' Forum  
    View PDF (133kb)




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