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Support of the NZ dairy industry is still high

The dairy industry has had its share of bad publicity often labelled ‘dirty dairy’ as  cows are blamed for fowling streams and water ways with excrement and farting methane gas into the environment.

There’s no denying that change has been needed.

However, before we sling too much mud at this industry, we need to take a fresh look at dairying today, because progress in the ‘cleanup’ is really gaining traction and during Covid the sales of dairy kept our economy afloat and our national profile high in global markets.

  • In 2020 diary exports from New Zealand were valued at $20.1 billion, contributing around 10 billion to the NZ economy.
  • In 2020 NZ was the leading producer of cow’s milk and had the greatest number of cows worldwide, by country
  • In 2020 NZ was the leading country in the world for cheese and butter production
  • NZ has one of the highest domestic consumptions of milk in the world and in 2019 New Zealanders consumed 108.72 kg per capita. So, despite the often-bad publicity it seems that overall support of dairy in this country is still high.
  • While a lot of this growth has been in milk powder, and infant formula sales to China, the dairy industry has also responded to consumer demand for new fermented dairy products such as yoghurt, sour cream, buttermilk, kefir, acidophilis milk and new yoghurts containing Bifidobacteria along with products such as yoghurt pouches for children.

Take a look at the work being done in areas of:

  • Education
  • Environment
  • Research and development
  • Well-being
  • Animal husbandry
  • Career development

While dairy may not nutritionally suit everyone, due to allergy, intolerance or choice, it is still interesting to learn more about the changes happening in local food production in New Zealand.

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