Story: Farming and the environment

Intensification of dairy farming

In 1966, when this film was taken, a stocking rate of 150 cows on 120 acres or 1.25 cows per acre (2.47 cows per hectare) was considered high. Forty years later, average stocking rates had increased to more than 2.7 cows per hectare, with mainly Holstein Friesian cows rather than the smaller Jersey animals seen here.

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Reference: Pictorial Parade 178. National Film Unit, 1966

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Julia Haggerty and Hugh Campbell, 'Farming and the environment - Environmental impacts in the 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 January 2022)

Story by Julia Haggerty and Hugh Campbell, published 24 Nov 2008