The impact of the past summer's drought on New Zealand dairy production has shown up in the latest dairy industry statistics.
They reveal a drop of more than 6% in milk production for the past season, from the record 15 million litres produced in the previous season.
Milk solids fell by 3% to 1.27 billion kilos.
Production per cow also dropped due to drought conditions.
A continuing decline in herd numbers is also revealed in the statistics.
However cow numbers reached a new record of more than four million, as the average herd size has doubled over the past 20 years to more than 350 cows.