Drought conditions are not yet critical but plans are underway to prepare for the worst as it is estimated that the dry year has already cost New Zealand $500 million in lost milk sales. The drought "could well get critical". "The concern is that there's a reasonable chance that this weather pattern of very dry conditions could continue for quite a long time, right through into April or May...People are concerned about feed deficits. If it's not now immediate, it will be coming up to autumn and winter." Some farmers are reportedly shooting their stock.
Climate Change Impacts on New Zealand