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18 March, 2022



Dairy farming has been the backbone of New Zealand (NZ) for years. Recently however, the number of dairy farms has declined, according to executive chairman of Waikato Milking Systems, Jamie Mikkelson.

The main difference in farming systems between New Zealand and Ireland, Mikkelson said, is that Ireland is mainly a family-based business while farms in New Zealand are larger and more commercial.Due to environmental constraints, the outlook for dairy farming in New Zealand for the coming years is a likely reduction of the national herd by 5%, Mikkelson explained, while the production output is expected to be higher.

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