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Last Update:
26 May 2017

DairyNZ Comment:

26 May 2017
  • The encouraging forecast for next seasons milk price is good news compared with where we were just 2 years ago. There are lessons from what we have been going through around not allowing additional milk price to turn into additional costs of production. DairyNZ’s figures show that historically every $1/kg MS increase in milk price tends to turn into, on average, an extra 0.50 cents/kg MS cost across all production and thus much more per kilogram of marginal milk. What about the opportunity to bank the whole dollar? Yes, there will be debt repayment, and deferred expenditure to keep the farm operational, and this should be high priority. Greater awareness is required of the costs of trying to produce more milk. DairyBase data is telling us that for many the marginal cost of producing that extra milk production is more than the extra revenue it generates. The base level of production from good use of the annual pasture production remains the cheapest and most profitable milk to produce.


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  • Date Collected

    26 May 2017

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    23 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2129 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    9 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    0 %

  • MS/cow

    0 kgs

  • MS/ha

    0 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    1143 kgs

  • Rotation

    100 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    - kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    - kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    - kgs/cow/day

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    - su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


  • MJME