February 2020 has been and gone and still no rain. That’s right we are in the middle of a drought and things are very tough. This is definitely something I have never experienced before and I hope to never experience again.
However this is Northland and we do get hot summers. From a beach weather point of view the weather has been great and I hope each of you had some real time to enjoy the beautiful sunny days. I know the morning sunrises have been outstanding.
- FARM REPORT
- It's still dry and to be honest I did expect some rain by now, as a result I have harvested some of the maize crop and feeding as green feed for the girls and have dried off 25% of the herd.
- The cows are eating mainly green feed maize and the last of the turnips. They are diving in production but we will continue to hang in there. We still have capacity to grow supply as we are still supplying Fonterra.
- Autumn cows will begin calving soon and I saw the first cow springing today. They are in good condition given the extreme dry conditions.
- Water remains the key ingredient for the girls and we are continuing to make sure they have lots of it.
As mentioned in the previous newsletter ,from time to time we need to change delivery days. This time we have shifted some of you who receive milk on Mondays to Tuesday deliveries and some customers who receive milk on Fridays to Saturday deliveries. This was for two reasons; Milk volume as Friday deliveries were at 438L! and the deliveries were getting a bit too much to complete in a timely manner.
Thanks again for your continued support and we look forward to the rain when it comes.
How you can help
If you love the milk and the service we provide, please tell everyone you know! The more milk we can sell, the more sustainable we will be.
Lastly, as a reward to all of our loyal, local customers, the price of raw milk at the vending machine has been dropped back to $3 per litre. This is to say THANK YOU FOR YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT. The price will remain $3 for the foreseeable future.
THANK YOU from the Bakewell Creamery Team