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Fewer cows produced more milk

Rebecca Howard
Thu, 02 Dec 2021

Fewer cows produced more milk
The industry is aiming for more productive and efficient cows and farming systems. (Image: Supplied)
Rebecca Howard
Thu, 02 Dec 2021
New Zealand’s total milk volume, total milksolids and per cow production were the highest on record in the 2020-21 season.Average milk production per cow was 397 kilogram of milksolids, a 3.1% increase from 385kg last season and the highest on record, according to the annual NZ Dairy Statistics report, produced by DairyNZ and Livestock Improvement Corporation.The herd, meanwhile, shrank slightly. New Zealand has 4.9 million milking cows – down from 4.92 million the previous season.By way of comparison, Ireland has around 1.55 millio...

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