Sheep Numbers Projected To Drop Again

New Zealand Government Media Release

8 January 2001

There might be only 10 sheep for every New Zealand by March 2005, Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton said today.

He released the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry forecasts and projections for major agricultural, horticultural, and forestry export products which The Treasury used as input for the December Economic and Fiscal Update.

The December 2000 Situation and Outlook for New Zealand Agriculture and Forestry projects the number of sheep dropping from the 45.5 million there are now to only 40.8 million in 2005.

Statistics NZ forecasts the New Zealand population being almost 4 million (3.98 million) about that time.

The number of beef cattle is projected to remain reasonable steady, from 4.6 million now to 4.8 million in 2005 - about one and a bit beef cows for each person.

The number of dairy cattle is projected to rise from 3.3 million now to 5.29 million in 2005 - about 1.33 dairy cows for each New Zealander, reflecting the expansion of the dairy industry.

The report predicts the number of deer will also rise, from 2.2 million now to 3.2 million in 2005 - only 0.8 of a deer for each New Zealander.

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