[28 November/ Otago Daily Times]

The latest New Zealand Dairy Statistics showed that the milk produced by an average cow increased from 4,185 litres in the 12 months to June 2016 to a record 4,259 litres in the 12 months to June 2017. Dairy NZ Senior Economist, Matthew Newman said the trend for increasing milk production per cow showed farmers were opting for animals that were more efficient at converting grass into milk. The number of New Zealand dairy cows has decreased from 4.99 million in 2015-2016 to 4.86 million in 2017.