NZ Dairying and the EnvironmentNZ has a very varied economy ranging from agriculture, forestry, mining manufacturing and tourism to name a few.
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from agricultue is about 5% (UK about 0.5%).
Agriculture is export driven 95% of Dairy products (milk powder, cheese, butter)
94% of lamb, 87% of beef, 90% of wool is exported to large overseas markets with the expanding markets of the Far East and China absorbing a lot of these.
Population of NZ is 4.5 m compared to UK 65m
Dairy Cows NZ 6.4m | Herd Size 419 | Average Yield 4,230 litres
Dairy Cows UK 1.9m | Herd size 133 | Average Yield 7,900 litres
70% of dairy farms are in the N Island
Nearly all cows are spring calving (June - Sept) a few herds in N Island autumn calve (March/April)
Sheep NZ 28m in 1982 it was 70m!
Beef NZ 3.7m
The challenges UK farmers face with Brexit are as yet undefined, however pressure on agricultural support is inevitable. NZ had a similar situation in 1984 when subsidies were removed virtually overnight. Despite dire predictions there was no mass exodous from the land, just a tough transition and only 1% of farmers left the land. NZ are now a powerhouse when it comes to agricultural production on the world stage.
Cows live outside all year due to a milder climate and very free draining land.
Although grass is the predominant feed, maize, fodderbeet, plantain, turnips are all grown to supplement production in lean times.
Concentrate nuts are almost unheard of, some PK (Palm Kernel) is sometimes fed.