27 Nov 2008

Irish visitors see difference in dairy scale

1:32 pm on 27 November 2008

The scale of the New Zealand dairy industry has been borne home to a group of Irish dairy farmers currently touring New Zealand.

There are 1.25 million dairy cows in Ireland, where the average herd is 60 cows.

In New Zealand, there are more than four million cows and the average herd size is about 340 cows.

Dairygold Co-operative agri trading manager Jim Woulfe of Southern Ireland says there are similarities in both countries and both are facing the same challenges when it comes to markets.

But he acknowledges there is a lot that Irish farmers can learn from their New Zealand counterparts.