Stuff - Tougher economic and environmental conditions cause new dairy farms to slow to a trickle

Stuff - Tougher economic and environmental conditions cause new dairy farms to slow to a trickle

It's official - throughout the country the rate of converting land to dairy farms has dramatically slowed.

In regions overseen by the Horizons Regional Council (Manawatu-Wanganui), Environment Canterbury and Environment Southland, conversions in the last year have almost totally dried up.

These are the regions that saw the most rapid increase in the numbers of dairy cattle, as farmers moved out of traditional sheep and beef farming.

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