Dairy Farm Sales follow a NORMAL Seasonal Pattern

dairy sales graph 2012_2014The graph below displays the number of dairy farm sales per month over the past three seasons (1 August to 31 July). Two quick take home messages from this:

1.  The pattern of sales over the last three years is a bit like the pasture growth curve. Just like winter grass growth, dairy farm sales are not common in the winter months. Never really have been. It has nothing to do with coincidental decline in milk price forecasts or a loss of confidence in dairy, it’s simply the way life is for the dairy farm system around here.  The majority of farm sales transactions are negotiated between November and March with settlement usually May or June.

2. There has been a significant lift in the volume of sales over the last three years. In fact a whopping 80%+  lift over the period. In 2011/12 was 173 farms were sold; 2012/13 was 228 (up 32%) and 2013/14 saw 316 sales (up another 39%).dairy sales graph 2012_2014


dairy sales graph 2012_2014


About Robert Dabb

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Robert has been involved in the rural sector his whole working life. This includes as a Farm Consultant, specialising in dairy and a Regional Manager for Fonterra Co-operative Group from 2000 through to 2006 and has been in real estate since then. He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree from Massey University. With a wide network of contacts across rural industry, he is well positioned to professionally profile rural properties.