20 Mar 2013

Sheep and beef operation adapts to drought conditions

6:53 am on 20 March 2013

The head of a major Maori-run beef and sheep operation in Whanganui says the drought is putting the operation under pressure to change farming practices.

The Atihau-Whanganui Incorporation says it has had to adapt during the recent dry spell and had to sell off some stock early at lower weights.

Chief executive Chris Scanlon says they're trying to be as prudent as they can to protect their capital or breeding stock, hopefully limit the drought damage to this season, and be prepared for what future weather conditions will throw at them.

Mr Scanlon says the dry spell is an extraordinary situation, which reinforces the point that weather patterns are changing and they need to do what they can now to mitigate risks that threaten production and income.