South­ern belles the big pro­duc­ers

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

When it comes to pro­duc­ing milk, South Waikato cows are the cream of the crop.

The New Zealand Dairy Statis­tics Re­port for 2009/10 has been pub­lished by Live­stock Im­prove­ment and DairyNZ and makes for in­ter­est­ing read­ing.

The re­port finds South Waikato herds are the Waikato re­gion’s biggest pro­duc­ers with the high­est av­er­age litres and milk­solids a herd at 1,347,158litres and 116,294 av­er­age kilo­grams milk­solids.

The re­port said there are 386 dairy herds in the South Waikato with an av­er­age herd size of 368 cows.

In all there are around 142,000 dairy cows in the district be­ing farmed on 48,971hectares.

The to­tal num­ber of herds and herd sizes var­ied con­sid­er­ably in the Waikato re­gion.

Hamil­ton City had just 18 herds and just over 4500 cows, Waipa District had 585 herds and 192,613 cows, Otoro­hanga had 380 herds and 131,350 cows and Hau­raki had 412 herds and 113,554 cows.

The re­port shows the Waikato is un­doubt­edly the heart of dairy­ing in New Zealand.

More than 30 per cent of the coun­try’s 11,691 dairy herds are in the Waikato.

New Zealand has a to­tal of 4.4mil­lion cows, 1,120,653 or 26 per cent of which are in the Waikato.

There are 11,691 dairy herds in New Zealand, 8973 in the North Is­land and 3571 in the Waikato.

In the 2009/ 10 sea­son New Zealand dairy com­pa­nies pro­cessed 16.5bil­lion litres of milk, con­tain­ing 1438bil­lion kgs of milk­solids.

Of this the Waikato re­gion’s herds con­trib­uted 341,479,152kgs of milk­solids or on av­er­age 1,102,657litres and 95,626kgs of milk­solids a herd.

The Hol­stein-Friesian is the re­gion’s most com­mon breed but only just.

Hol­stein-Friesians made up 39.2 per cent of dairy cows com­pared to the 38.6 per cent which are Hol­steinFriesian/ Jersey cross­breeds.

Data for the New Zealand Dairy Statis­tics re­port, which is avail­able free on­line from Live­stock Im­prove­ment and DairyNZ, is sourced from the Live­stock Im­prove­ment data­base, dairy com­pa­nies, NZ An­i­mal Eval­u­a­tion Ltd, An­i­mal Health Board An­nual Re­port, Quotable Value New Zealand Ru­ral prop­erty sales statis­tics and Statis­tics New Zealand.

TOP COWS: South Waikato herds are the biggest pro­duc­ers of milk­solids a herd in the Waikato.

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