Sheep outnumbering Kiwis by 5 to 1

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Official figures now show that sheep are outnumber New Zealanders by 5 to 1.

Stats NZ has released provisional figures from the 2018 agricultural production census. Altogether there are 27.3 million sheep in New Zealand, down one percent from 2017.

New Zealand now has 5.6 sheep for every person – a far cry from the peak of 22 per person in 1982.

Sheep numbers had fallen in 10 of the past 12 years.

In other farming statistics, dairy cattle numbers dropped for a second year, falling one percent to 6.4 million.

However, beef cattle numbers lifted for a second year, rising five percent to 3.8 million.

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