Cow Population Boom in New Zealand
The number of cows in New Zealand has doubled to 6 million over the last thirty years as the country experiences record high dairy prices. Some meat producing farms have even transitioned to dairy to take advantage of the profitable, record high market prices. While more cows and farms means more jobs for New Zealanders, the green party is concerned about the environmental effects of so many cattle.
"With six million cows, that's the equivalent of 80 million people without the sewerage treatment," said Green Party MP Eugenie Sage.
Each cow is estimated to produce 14 times more waste than a human being which can pollute rivers and lakes if a dairy farm is not properly irrigated.
The livestock population overall in New Zealand is on the rise; read this recent article in Agrimoney for more information on other livestock populations.