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Dairying in the Waikato Region of New Zealand: An Overview of Historical Statistics

  • Michael Cameron


    (University of Waikato)

  • Kendon Bell


    (University of Waikato)

The dairy industry is an important contributor to the economy of the Waikato region of New Zealand. An understanding of the history and development of the dairy sector in the different districts of the Waikato region is important in terms of informing future policy. Unfortunately there are currently no consistent long-run spatially disaggregated data sets available for the districts of the Waikato region that extend any further back than 1990. In this paper, we present the current state of dairy farming data available for the territorial local authorities within the Waikato region, and briefly discuss a set of methods that will be employed to develop consistent long-run spatially disaggregated data series for (i) milk production; (ii) total number of productive dairy cattle; (iii) total number of dairy farms; and (iv) total effective hectares devoted to dairy production.

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Paper provided by University of Waikato, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 08/13.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 10 Sep 2008
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Handle: RePEc:wai:econwp:08/13
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