RadioNZ, 3 April, 2014.
Dairy farmers south of Auckland who are battling dry conditions will be asking Fonterra not to penalise them if they fail to fulfil their supply contracts.
Pukekohe dairy farmer and Federated Farmers Auckland provincial president Wendy Clark said they had had little rain in the area for the past three months.
There was little grass to feed livestock, and many farmers were feeding supplements only.
Farmers were not asking for a drought declaration but they were about to approach Fonterra and ask it to be lenient, Ms Clark said.