Dairy News

Store rations liquid milk lines

By Geoff Adams

A New South Wales supermarket temporarily introduced milk rationing because of a shortage of supply from a local processor.

Farmer Charlies based at Lismore posted a notice in their stores in February limiting sales of Family Farm branded milk to four, two litre bottles.

The rationing followed a letter from the Norco Co-operative, advising of potential shortages of certain lines of milk due to the weather conditions and cost of water for farmers.

The rationing has since been dropped as supplies had recovered, the supermarket told Dairy News Australia.

In the week of February 21, Norco advised their commercial customers that there had been a “significant drop in milk production, translating to a  temporary shortage’’ in the availability of  generic whole milk lines.

“Although supply demands will vary from week to week, Norco will endeavour to continually provide updates on production and availability…..” the circular said.

The Lismore store manager of Farmer Charlies, who did not wish to be named, said the store had applied the limit but had since removed it once supplies had recovered.

However he said it was not possible to guarantee it would not occur again, as there were continuing difficult conditions for the dairy industry.

The manager said customers of the rural city seemed to understand the problems facing dairy farmers.

He said the store was getting regular supplies of other milk.

Norco has not responded to Dairy News Australlia,

Dairy Australia’s latest Situation and Outlook report has noted that national milk production was down five per cent up to the end of December.