6 Dec 2011

Dairy cow numbers increase

12:47 pm on 6 December 2011

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.