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New Zealand Dairy Industry

Source: 2015/16 New Zealand Dairy Statistics.

Herds 11,918
Cows 4.99 million
Average herd size 419 cows
Total effective land 1.75 million hectares
Average effective land 147 hectares


Volume 1.75 million litres
Milk Solids 156,223kgMS
Milk Fat 4.73%
Protein 3.84%


Cows to AB 71.1%
Average inseminations per cow 1.3
Average replacement rate 18-20%
Calving Interval 368-370 days


4311 litres milk
369kg Milk Solids
Consumes 4.5-5 ton dry matter feed
85% of feed is grazed pasture 
15% conserved feed: hay, grass silage, maize silage
Responds well to higher feed levels
Highly fertile and economical


Holstein-Friesian 33.5%
CrossBred  47.2%
Jersey 10.1%
Other 8.7%

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