Restricted pasture growth and milk production occurs in many parts of New Zealand as a result of dry summers and irrigation restrictions. These events are unpredictable and vary in their timing, severity and duration.
The impact of these events on milksolids production and farm profit can be minimised by the early implementation of proven strategies. The key is to have a plan and to make timely decisions based on the best available information.
Having no plan coupled with indecision, leads to unnecessary stress and lower profit. Whatever the summer conditions, the first management rule is to fully and efficiently use spring pasture before dry and hot conditions reduce the growth and quality of pasture.