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Dairy cattle total rises to 6.7 million
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  16 December 2014

Agricultural Production Statistics: June 2014 (provisional)  –  Media Release

The number of dairy cattle in New Zealand continued to rise, to reach 6.7 million at the end of June, Statistics New Zealand said today.

"Generally good pastoral conditions since the previous June contributed to the increase," agriculture manager Neil Kelly said.

In the same one-year period, sheep, beef, and deer numbers fell. The number of sheep declined by 1.2 million, to 29.6 million as at June 2014.

These provisional figures are from the 2014 Agricultural Production Survey, which Statistics NZ conducted in partnership with the Ministry for Primary Industries.

This release covers key livestock numbers, horticulture, and forestry harvesting and planting information. Results for other variables will be released as they become available. Final results, including more detailed commentary and regional statistics, will be available in May 2015.

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For media enquiries contact: Neil Kelly, Christchurch 03 964 8700, info@stats.govt.nz
Authorised by Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician, 16 December 2014

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