The latest data for the dairy milk production shows the new 2012-13 season starting off with record volumes.
DCANZ is reporting that August 2012 milk production was 1,218,000 tonnes, a rise of 14.2% over the 1,067,000 tonnes produced in August 2011.
For the full year to August 2012, 19,930,000 tonnes of milk were produced, and that was 10.7% ahead of the 18,003,000 tonnes in the previous full year.
The milksolids equivalent from those August 2012 1,218,000 milk tonnes collected for processing were 101,877 tonnes, up 14.8%. Milksolids is the sum of the total milk protein and fat.
August temperatures and pasture growth were ideal for a good start to the season. However, the later cold spell may well have slowed things somewhat. However, September is usually well more than double the August output.