Record high lambing a tribute to more efficient farming - B+LNZ

Rural Exchange 08/12/2018

Sheep farmers have reaped another successful lambing season, with one expert attributing the win to productivity gains across the sector.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s (B+LNZ) Lamb Crop 2018 report revealed that the average ewe lambing percentage for 2018 was up 129 percent, up 1.7 percent point from last year.

Rob Davison of B+LNZ’s economic service says it illustrates how the sector has improved efficiency over the last few decades.

"We're doing a lot more with a lot less and the land is totally different," Mr Davison said.

Despite losing flat land to dairy cows since the 1990s, Mr Davison says the sheep industry has still retained productivity in the hills of New Zealand.

He says the record high lambing also boils down to better feed, heavier ewes and improved genetics.

Watch the full interview with Rob Davison above.

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