Maleny Dairies caught between drought and demand
RAIN was a welcome sight at Maleny Dairies over the weekend, even if it was months late.
Owner Ross Hopper says the hinterland business has been forced to ration milk after being caught between a drought and high demand for their products.
It's a combination that has seen shelves in some stores go bare for a while.
Some consumers were concerned when told by some cafes, restaurants and independent stores that there was a problem regarding farmers.
But Mr Hopper has denied those claims, and says they're waiting for a ninth farm to come on board from July 1 as demand continues to grow.
"We've had a drought and a spike in demand. It's a good thing, but it's bad too," Mr Hopper said.
"Just expect it to be a bit light on the shelves.
"What's happening is we're delivering the milk and people are snapping it up. It's definitely popular. We've got oodles of shops waiting to come on, but they're being held off until July.
Mr Hopper said they've been affected by the drought since the start of the year.
"It's slowly caught up, but in the last few months it has been noticeable," he said.
Mr Hopper said restaurants, cafes and independent stores and service stations stocking only Maleny Dairies milk were the top priority.
The shortage of milk has resulted in some concerned consumers writing in and/or calling up the farm wanting to know what's going on.
Mr Hopper said they were appreciative of the support and concern shown by fans.
"We've had heaps of people ringing up and writing in about the shortage," he said this week.
"We're just really thankful. We just appreciate the support. If they didn't have feelings for it they wouldn't care or write to let us know."
Meanwhile, the recent bout of wet weather is expected to continue throughout the week.
Weatherzone meteorologist Josh Fisher said the Sunshine Coast could expect rain this week.
"There are isolated showers around the area. Nothing too heavy, just on and off showers with breaks of sunshine. This will last throughout the week."
On shore winds will help keep the Coast cool this week, with minimums of 18 degrees and maximums of 26 degrees today and tomorrow.
Thursday will see a maximum of 27 degrees and Friday 28 degrees.