Perhaps if he cut down the beersies he might be able to afford Christmas [UPDATED]

UPDATE:  The missing headline:


Some people really are too stupid to save themselves.

Check this article from Fairfax where a poor hard done by farmer has decided to cancel Christmas in his household because the forecast payout from Fonterra is projected to be low.

Dairy farmers Liam and Louise Zander won’t be giving each other presents this Christmas after learning that Fonterra’s downward revision of the milk payout will strip hundreds of thousands of dollars from their income.

Dairy NZ figures released yesterday showed the revision from $8.40 per kg of milksolids last season down to a forecast $4.70 this season would remove $1.8 billion from the Waikato economy and hit the average dairy farmer’s income by $500,500.

“No Christmas presents for us this year,” Louise, who has two young children, said. “But that is just life as a dairy farmer.

“I will also have to look for a part-time job to help.”

Liam was more philosophical about the cut.

“You can’t really do much. You just have to keep chugging along. It’s one of those ups and downs in dairy farming.

“I try not to let it affect me too much. There’s no point dwelling over things you have no control over.”

Oh boo hoo…missing out on Christmas.

Perhaps if he cut down on the beersies they might be able to afford christmas.

1391632_10201354914287468_1647225079_nIf brains were dynamite this lot wouldn’t have enough to blow their nose.

I struggle to see how cancelling $200 of worth of christmas presents is going to help them in their predicament.

Still must be tough only having $500k to live on instead of $1M.

But the weapons grade whining from farmers over payouts is somewhat misplaced…as last years payout was a record high and this years is still not at record lows…not even close, actually.

Fonterra Tatua Westland Synlait Open
Miraka Oceania
$/kgMS   Milk Dividend   Total   Cash Retention
$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
1998-99 A 3.58
1999-00 A 3.78
2000-01 A 5.01
2001-02 A 5.35
2002-03 A 3.34 0.29 3.63
2003-04 A 3.97 0.28 4.25
2004-05 A 4.37 0.22 4.59
2005-06 A 3.85 0.25 4.10
2006-07 A 3.87 0.59 4.46 4.72
2007-08 A 7.59 0.07 7.66 8.00 7.99
2008-09 A 4.75 0.45 5.20 5.38 4.58 5.03
2009-10 A 6.10 0.27 6.37 6.32 6.15 6.31 6.07
2010-11 A 7.60 0.30 7.90 8.10 0.58 7.70 7.76 7.56
2011-12 A 6.08 0.32 6.40 7.50 0.54 6.04 6.22 6.18*
2012-13 A 5.84 0.32 6.16 7.40 1.17 6.34 5.89 5.94*
2013-14 F 8.40 0.10 8.50 9.00 1.32 7.57 8.31 8.50 8.50* 8.75
2014-15 F 4.70 0.25-0.35 5.55-5.65 6.50 5.00 5.00 4.50-4.70
* Miraka is on record saying they pay 10c more than Fonterra



– NZ Herald,


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