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Dairy Statistics

  • Title: 2016-17 NZ Dairy Statistics

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  • Date: Wednesday, 17 January 2018


The purpose of New Zealand Dairy Statistics is to provide statistical information related to the New Zealand Dairy Industry. Funding is provided by Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) and DairyNZ Incorporated (dairy farmer levy). Contributors include New Zealand Animal Evaluation Limited.

Data are sourced from the LIC Herd Improvement Database, New Zealand dairy companies, Animal Evaluation database, TB Free New Zealand, Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, and Statistics New Zealand.

New Zealand Dairy Statistics 2016-17 is a report that shows historical information up to and including the 2016-17 season. Data for seasons prior to 2006/07 were released under Dairy Statistics from 1998/99 to 2005/06, Annual Report (Livestock Improvement Division) in 1987/88, Livestock Improvement Report from 1984/85 to 1986/87, and New Zealand Dairy Board Farm Production Report up to 1983/84.

Prior to 1991/92 the information for the Dairy Statistics publication was obtained primarily from the analysis of the New Zealand Dairy Industry Cow Census (an annual survey of all dairy farmers).

As of March 2002, LIC became a user-owned co-operative, with responsibility for farm production activities and, in particular, dairy herd improvement and herd records.

LIC’s activities can broadly be described as genetics, information and advice. Services provided to farmers include farm management information, automation technologies, herd testing and artificial breeding services, DNA analysis, a farm advisory service, research to improve farm profitability, statistical information related to the New Zealand dairy industry, and herd recording on the LIC Database.  For more information, visit

DairyNZ is the industry organisation representing New Zealand’s dairy farmers, funded by farmers through a levy on milksolids. DairyNZ’s purpose is to secure and enhance the profitability, sustainability and competitiveness of New Zealand dairy farming. For more information, visit

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