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NZ livestock numbers fall – Fed Farmers

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Agricultural production statistics show lower livestock numbers and mostly lower numbers of arable crops, although the accuracy has been affected by a much lower than usual response rate.

Comparing 30 June 2022 with the same date last year, there were:

  • Dairy cattle: 5,916,700, down 4.3%.
  • Sheep: 25,149,800, down 2.3%.
  • Beef cattle: 3,841,800 million, down 3.1%.
  • Deer: 776,400, down 4.6%.

Comparing the year ended 30 June 2022 with the previous year, tonnage harvested was:

  • Wheat: 382,800, down 9.5%.
  • Barley: 306,200, down 5.8%.
  • Oats: 34,400, up 38.7%
  • Maize: 195,400, down 6.6%
  • Other cereal crops: 19,000, up 11.8%.

Statistics NZ noted that the 2022 provisional agricultural production census was based on data from only 67% of expected respondents, a much lower than usual response rate (for the 2017 census it was 84%). The lower response rate impacted on the accuracy of the release, compared with previous years.

The final results for the census are due in May 2023.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. All those new “climate friendly” farming practices performing as expected.

    Just for the record, I’ll eat politicians long before I eat bugs.

  2. All the market/Govt signals are for farmers to go broke from excess regulation and tax and for pine trees to reign supreme. I’m surprised the numbers have not fallen further.

    • No surprises about the numbers Ben being that statistics nz is involved. Since the COVID-19 scam none of these people can accurately count. I bet it’s much higher than they are saying.

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