While it is good to see some of our farmers doing well I do have to wonder what Fonterra’s record payout for dairy farmers ($7.30 per kilogram of milk solids, up from $4.46/kg last year) will do to further encourage dairy conversions. New Zealand is currently rapidly converting diverse farms and forests into a monolith of dairy farms. The result is immense pressure on our carbon emission targets, waterways and food diversity.
If this season’s milk production was on a par with last year’s 1.25 billion kg of milksolids, the cooperative’s 10,711 farmer shareholders would each receive an average payment of more than $850,000.
It will be interesting to see if Federated Farmers continues to criticise people when we talk about ‘industrial dairy‘ if an average farm is producing over 100,000 kilograms of milk solids and being paid $850,000.
Check out No Right Turn’s calculations on how little it would cost industrial dairy farms to pay for their carbon pollution.