NEW ZEALAND - New records for production per cow and an overall national production increase on the previous year of 11.3 per cent mean that the 2011/12 season was the best dairy season on record, according to the Livestock Improvement Corporation and Dairy NZ.
The dairy industry has announced that last year’s dairy season will go down in history as the most productive on record thanks to very favourable pasture growth conditions.
New Zealand’s milk production leaped 11.3 per cent, according to the 2011-12 New Zealand Dairy Statistics publication released today by LIC and industry-good body DairyNZ.
Average production per cow reached a new record of 364 kilograms of milksolids, and more cows being milked resulted in dairy companies processing 19.1 billion litres of milk containing 1.69 billion kilograms of milk solids in the year ending 31 May 2012.
Milk production per hectare of 1,028 kg surpassed the 1,000 kg mark for the first time.
The 2011-12 New Zealand Dairy Statistics report is made up of data sourced from the LIC National Database, dairy companies, Animal Evaluation database, Animal Health Board Annual Report, Real Estate Institute of NZ and Statistics New Zealand.
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