New Zealand Cows Lift to 6.6 Million16 December 2013
NEW ZEALAND – The number of dairy cattle in New Zealand has increased to reach 6.6 million, continuing a steady annual rise since 2006.
There are now more than 1.5 cows for every New Zealander, after a 27 per cent growth in the dairy herd over seven years, Statistics New Zealand has revealed.
Agriculture statistics manager Hamish Hill said: “If New Zealand’s human population had increased at the same rate there would now be more than five million Kiwis.”
“Compared with recently released population census figures over the same seven-year period, the dairy cattle population has grown over five times faster.”
Provisional figures from the 2013 Agricultural Production Survey, in conjunction with the ministry for primary industries showed a fall in the sheep flock to just less than 31 million.
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