As the largest industry in the country, accounting for two-thirds of exported goods, agriculture in New Zealand contracts for a change of lifestyle and pace. There is no one sector that can be proudly boast.
Maybe farming is just one of the opportunities you're interested in exploring or maybe you're already looking at farms for sale in NZ and you want to know what is available and what each region can offer you. Get a better idea of what will suit and take a look at these popular farming types and regions.
Dairy farming has grown to become one of the most important aspects of our modern economy. Each year milk products account for over 8 billion NZD in exports; New Zealand may be a small country, but they are responsible for 2.2% of milk produced worldwide.
The Southland, Waikato, Taranaki and Northland are some of the most popular places for dairy farms.
More than 50% of the total land area in New Zealand is dedicated to crop and cattle.
Sheep and cattle are the main commodity in New Zealand and the central focus of the livestock sector. While the country is jovially known in the world for its large population of sheep, they have fallen from where they sat at their peak in 1982 at nearly 70 million to just over 34 million when last counted in 2009. The change may seem dramatic, but there are still 9 sheep for every one New Zealanders. 250 million NZD of mutton exported, 900 million NZD of wool product and over 2 billion NZD of lamb.
The South Island is popular for sheep farming; Canterbury is the leading region with over 7.5 million sheep. Otago and Southland are so close to 6 million sheep each while both Manawatu and Hawkes Bay are so popular.
Beef cattle numbers are just over 4 million, an impressive figure in its own right when you consider the 1.5 billion NZD in annual exports of beef and veal. Manawatu and Waikato in the North Iceland are the most popular regions for beef with Canterbury in the South Iceland a close third. Northland and Hawkes Bay have over 500,000 beef cattle each.
It's a big industry, and there's always room for more farmers in New Zealand, so once you've decided on a region and type of farming you'd like to pursue, then the next step will be looking into real estate prices for farmland in your chosen area.
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