READER REPORT:

Drought: Still milking ... for now

BARRY STEINER
Last updated 12:00 07/03/2013
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DARK DAYS AHEAD: Barry Steiner is still milking but will re-assess in a couple of weeks.
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Paddocks at Westport's Carters Beach area - normally lush and green.

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As drought is declared across Northland, South Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Hawke's Bay, we've asked those affected to share their stories. This was submitted by Barry Steiner in the Bay of Plenty.

We have had less than 50mm of rain since Christmas day. The last rainfall we had was 10mms on the Febuary 6, and 1 mm fell yesterday.

I am now milking 150 cows, still milking twice a day producing 6 litres a day. The cows are milking on very dry, short grass and lucerne.

I haven't fed any silage out yet, because I am saving it, for when it rains one day.

I'm planning to milk for another two weeks at this stage and then see what happens.


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