Tasmanian farmers produced more than 835 megalitres of milk

ON THE UP: DairyTas executive officer Mark Smith said Tasmania's milk production is on the rise.
ON THE UP: DairyTas executive officer Mark Smith said Tasmania's milk production is on the rise.

Tasmania’s milk production figures show dairy farmers had a healthier 2016-17 season than what they had experienced the year before.

The season finished strongly with June production up 10.2 per cent on last year.

While the total milk production for the state stood at 835.4 megalitres, which is down 5.4 per cent on last year, Tasmania fared better than the national drop of 6.9 per cent.

In addition, Tasmania’s share of national milk production rose to 9.3 per cent, which is the highest ever figure, DairyTas executive officer Mark Smith said.

“The May and June figures are an improvement over last year. There was a drop in production due to the tough spring and summer conditions, but we finished up where we thought,” Mr Smith said.

“There is more positive sentiment. Conditions have been good and there is enough rain. The [milk] prices are there so farmers can afford to spend a bit more money.

“There’s more cows around, too, so there are more being milked. Some seasonal improvement will kick things off for next season,” he said.

DairyTas estimates a bounce back in milk production for 2017-18 with better seasonal conditions, improved milk prices and a more confident approach from our farmers.

“We expect to see a new record in Tasmanian milk production reaching over 900 megalitres and taking the state closer to NSW as the second largest milk producing state of Australia,” Mr Smith said.

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