Sheep Population Tumbles, Cows Up
December 21, 2012

New Zealand's sheep population is shrinking. The latest Statistics New Zealand agricultural production census says the country's sheep population has fallen 7.3 million since 2007 to 31.2 million. That's seven sheep for every New Zealander, down from nine. 
 
Dairy herd numbers are booming, rising 23 percent in the past five years to 6.5 million cows. 
 
It comes as export volumes for dairy products skyrocket amid the declining wool and lamb industries. 
 
Reprinted in part from News Talk NZ