Nature has been good. Really good actually. The past year was definitely one of the best years (at least since I have been dairy farming) in terms of rainfall and grass growth rates. A very mild and easy winter followed by a rainy and extended spring. This has allowed dairy farmers to have very high yields of silage during the spring and also allowed them to extend the benefits of an ‘eternal spring’, which in the south of Chile means extending the possibility to produce more milk on grass.
But abundance is also a challenge to manage properly. High grass growth rates need to be managed smartly and quickly, otherwise the risk of losing yield or simply wasting food and resources is too high.