Dairy shortage hits factory

Cobden Fonterra’s dryer department will shut down for at least three months longer than usual this year due to falling milk production and heightened competition.

Falling milk production in Australia has forced Fonterra’s Cobden factory to extend its annual dryer shutdown.

Fonterra Australia west regional operations manager Kevin Brown said the Cobden plant’s annual dryer shutdown, which usually lasted for six to eight weeks, had been extended for 2019 to cope with falling milk production and heightened competition.

The dryer department will shut down from February to June.

“This season, the entire dairy industry is experiencing falling milk production due to the drought, coupled with heightened competition for a smaller pool of milk in Australia,” he said.

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