[2 February/ NZ Farmer]

Westland Milk Products had to temporarily close its factory in Hokitika and dozens of farmers in the region have had to dump milk because of power cuts and impassable roads. ‘There’s flood damage to roads and trees down so tankers cannot get through,” a Westland Milk Products spokesman said. According to the spokesperson, in times of crisis the highly competitive processors worked together. It was too soon to determine whether the rain would end the drought the region was suffering, or if further downpours were needed. Farmers were advised to dispose only of sufficient milk to make space for the next milking.