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The no-show of El Nino has been a boon to farmers supplying Miraka, the Maori owned dairy company located near Taupo.
Heat stressed cows eat less with a consequent drop in milk production, says Jenny Weston, president of the dairy cattle branch of the New Zealand Veterinary Association.
MPI says while recent rains have brought welcome respite from dry weather in much of the country, farmers in drought-affected regions will feel the impact of El Niño for months.
While drought conditions persist in many parts of the country, some irrigating farmers are coping well, says IrrigationNZ.
Although it has been variable across the country, recent rain has brought confidence to many farmers, says DairyNZ general manager extension, Andrew Reid.
El Nino will still be the main climate driver for the next three months or perhaps even longer despite recent rain, says Chris Brandolino, principal scientist forecasting at NIWA.