Farmers forced to kill stock as dry drags on

Farmers are slaughtering stock and slashing milk supplies as they face one of the driest summers in nearly a decade.

Dairy farmers are relying on their stock for a record payout, but some animals are being sent to the meat works as feed supplies dry up along with the weather.

In January, only 40mm of rainfall was recorded in Rotorua – the lowest rainfall since January 2001 when 27mm was recorded. About 96mm is the normal for January.

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