Stuff - Peak cow? Dairy farming slows in Canterbury

Dairy's meteoric rise in Canterbury may be over as applications for new dairy farming conversions in Canterbury drop to their lowest point in a decade, new figures show.

It comes as stronger rules promise to make intensive farming more difficult, alongside ongoing uncertainty about milk prices.

There were 20 consents granted relating to new dairy farms in the last financial year, Environment Canterbury (ECan) data shows.

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