Australian dairy farmers issued with El Niño warning

By Mark ASTLEY contact

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Dairy farmers, New south wales

Image: Nasa
Image: Nasa
Australia dairy farmers are being urged to prepare for a long dry period in the coming months, as weather experts in the country reiterate their prediction of an El Niño.

In a statement, industry association Dairy Australia called on dairy farmers in southern and eastern Australia to be “vigilant”​ by preparing “contingency plans”​ for an El Niño climate event.

The warning was issued after the Australian Bureau of Meteorology claimed there is "at least a 70% chance of an El Niño developing in 2014.”

El Niño is an abnormal periodic warming of surface ocean water off the Pacific coast of South America. This change in temperature influences weather across the Pacific Ocean.

For Australia, El Niño is usually associated with below-average rainfall in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.

The Australian dairy industry, lead by the likes of Murray Goulburn Cooperative, is concentrated largely in this region. 

In anticipation of adverse weather, Dairy Australia is offering advice to dairy farmers on how best to budget their animal feed "so they have options for different scenarios later in the year."

“Farmers need to be aware that the chances of El Niño occurring are rising and that from the current forecast it is likely farmers may again face drier than average winter and spring conditions across southern and central regions of the country,”​ said Julie Iommi, issue management manager, Dairy Australia.

“It would be advisable for farmers to start thinking about what planning they need to put in place if feed becomes less available, what alternative feed could fill a shortfall in their regions and how this might affect their operations in the longer term," ​she added.

Related topics: Markets, Oceania, Supply chain, Dairy

Related news

Related products

show more

The Secret to Success with Plant-Based Yogurts

The Secret to Success with Plant-Based Yogurts

CP Kelco | 01-Apr-2021 | Technical / White Paper

With one in four consumers “actively trying to increase consumption of plant-based protein,” plant-based yogurts are increasing in popularity as a healthy...

Analysis of Dietary Supplements and Health Foods

Analysis of Dietary Supplements and Health Foods

Agilent Technologies | 18-Feb-2021 | Data Sheet

The vitamins A, C, D, E, B6, B12, folate, and the minerals selenium, zinc, copper, and iron, are essential for normal immune function. Dietary supplements...

Deep-dive into improving packaging line efficiency

Deep-dive into improving packaging line efficiency

Sidel Group | 03-Nov-2020 | Technical / White Paper

Ever wondered what is the best way to improve your packaging line performance? Learn about the ins and outs of line regulation and accumulations in 3 steps:...

Related suppliers

Follow us


View more


Food & Beverage Trailblazers

F&B Trailblazers Podcast