Bay of Plenty dairy farmers Bruce and Judy Woods had limited options to increase milk production, as their 142ha dairy farm was land locked.
And with a stocking rate of 3.3 cows a hectare, they did not want to reduce cow numbers from 460. However, an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of their business soon identified that, with 1,400-1,500mm rainfall annually, poaching was a big problem.
“We have had up to 3,000mm of rain in some years. Pasture losses can be 50% and it takes 18 months for the paddocks to recover,” says Mr Woods.