Kōrero: Waikato region

Dairy farmer

Dairy farmer

In 2007 John Bluett of Te Pahu had a 255-hectare dairy farm with around 700 Jersey-Friesian cows. Dairy farming began to develop in Waikato after 1881, when refrigerated shipping made it possible to export dairy products. Drainage of swampland, scientific advancements in soil and pasture management, and improvements in the quality of dairy herds helped Waikato dairy farms to become highly profitable in the 20th century.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Waikato region - Farming', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/27114/dairy-farmer (accessed 16 October 2019)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, updated 9 Jul 2015