Record productivity gains offset lowest national flock in 70 years
Sheep numbers have dropped to below 30 million for the first time since the mid-1930s, while beef cattle numbers have increased for the first time in seven years.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand chief economist Andrew Burtt says productivity improvements have offset the near-halving of the national flock figures over the Past 25 years.
“Absolute sheep numbers is only one measure," he says. "The other ones are continuing to improve productivity measures.