Primary industry statistics for the first quarter of 2012 (until March) show an upward trend in New Zealand poultry production.
The total amount of pork produced in this timeframe increased by 4.4% to reach 41,049 tonnes carcass weight – from 39,335 in 2011.
The Ministry for Primary Industries has released a new combined primary industry quarterly report, comprising production and trade statistics for the dairy, meat and wool, forestry and seafood industries.
The primary sector continued to be an economic driver, with total primary sector exports accounting for 71% of all merchandise exports in the year to March 2012.
MPI reports favourable climatic conditions led to a continuation of better-than-usual pasture growth during the March 2012 quarter. As a result, farmers achieved near-record carcass weights for slaughtered livestock and an 11.5% increase in milk solids’ production, compared with the same quarter in 2011.
Table 1. Meat and wool production New Zealand, Jan-March 2012.
|Volume (tonnes carcass weight)||March quarter|
|Beef and veal||176,391||178,806||1.4%|
Source: Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand.
• Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)