Move the mouse over the lines on the graph to see the livestock figures. Click on a livestock name in the key to remove that line from the graph; click on the name again to restore it.
As in other parts of the South Island, farms in the West Coast have been converting from sheep to dairy. With a temperate climate and year-round rainfall, the West Coast is much better suited to dairying than to sheep farming.
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Source: New Zealand Official Yearbook 1985–2006 and Statistics New Zealand