The Hound, like everyone else in New Zealand, was shocked and stunned by the senseless shootings in Christchurch last month.
It is easy to talk ourselves into doom and gloom nowadays, given a push by ill-informed media reporting and commentary on the agricultural sector.
Onfarm cash income of farmers from all milk production this season will be under $4/kgMS, according to DairyNZ.
Golbal milk price recovery could be "slow and painful", with doubts now cast over when the turnaround may come in the next season.
Dairy farmers are being urged to make their businesses resilient around a $5/kgMS payout for the next few years.
Opportunistic buyers taking advantage of low prices were probably behind last week's 3.6% overall rise in the GlobalDairyTrade (GDT), says Rabobank research analyst Emma Higgins.
ASB still expects dairy auction prices to rise over the season despite the GlobalDairyTrade price index falling 7.4% at the auction overnight.
Most of the major banks are predicting a drop between 4% and 8% – much higher than Fonterra's current forecast of a 2-3% fall.