New Zealand's dairy cow population is continuing to grow and has overtaken the human population.
Dairy industry statistics show the number of dairy cows increased by 132,000 in the 2010-11 season, to just over 4.5 million cows.
That's an increase of 3% over the previous season.
In comparison, the resident human population grew by less than 1% to 4.4 million.
Last season was also a record year for milk production per cow. It rose 5% to an average of 334kg of milksolids per cow.