Dairy Farming in NZ

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Quote for “Write Anything Wednesday”.

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dairy Farming in New Zealand.

I lived under Mount Egmont/Taranaki NZ for sixty years, dairy farming and breaking a trail through thick bush right under the mountain reserve, milking cows, it was our way of life.

We sold the dairy farm in May  2014.

New Zealand dairy farmers are on a real downturn in income, a lot will not be able to keep farming, banks will be selling them up.

Where will New Zealand farmers go? Where will their paths end?

Because they did leave a trail behind them, with years of hard work.

What is happening to New Zealand dairy farming?

Interested in NZ dairy farming situation?

6 thoughts on “Dairy Farming in NZ

  1. Thanks for asking. There is a link in the post I wrote that is helpful. Here’s the basic problem – There’s too much milk being produced around the world, a situation made worse by the fact that some farmers are propped up with government subsidies, but not in New Zealand, NZ farmers are on their own.
    If we get a poor price paid for milk produce on the world market, the farmers get paid less but still have to meet the high costs of running a farm.

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  2. Sadly the “support” rules are the issue. Here in Canada the “milk quota” is set at a specific time in the year based on when the farm is bought/sold. If a farmer sells his dairy farm, the exising dairy quota doesn’t automatically pass to the buyer. There is an issue with when someone sells/buys and the time of year BECAUSE the quota doesn’t pass between buyers! I have, sadly, seen milk dumped into the fields because there was no market for it as decided by the quota. What a huge waste, AND what a huge cost to the farmers! 😦

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    • That’s is so sad what a terrible waste of good milk, all those starving children around the world would just love a taste of that precious white gold.
      So please you commented, we don’t know half of that goes on with all those hard working farmers, and I mean HARD WORKING seven days a week work, getting up in the early morning milking, working on the farm all day, then milking in the afternoon, like fifteen hours a day.
      No wonder there are getting less farmers around, they make very little profit.
      Have a great day. Thanks again.

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