Sheep in New Zealand
Year ended June 1935–2020, millions
‘Farm’ denotes one or more blocks of land, managed as a single operation, engaged in agricultural activity. Activities include livestock farming, horticulture, viticulture, nurseries, forestry, growing grain and seed crops, and land that could be used for these purposes.
The 2020 survey had a sample size of 25,400 geographic locations.
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Limitations of the data
All results from these collections are subject to non-sampling error, and sampling error.
Changes to data collection/processing
2019 questionnaire changes (from 2018) included following changes:
Irrigation – included questions on area actually irrigated
Horticulture – included questions on the area of fruit trees and vines planted, and the area of vegetables and other horticulture crops harvested.
Other livestock – included a question on buffalos
Forestry – did not include questions on forestry production
Wool – did not include questions on the weight of shorn wool sold for different micron ranges.
Data provided by
Agricultural Production Statistics: Variable by total New Zealand (Annual-Jun) (Final) 2020
How to find the data
At URL provided, select 'Industry sectors > Agriculture > Variable by Total New Zealand (Annual-Jun)'.
Import & extraction details
From the dataset Agricultural Production Statistics: Variable by total New Zealand (Annual-Jun) (Final) 2020, this data was extracted:
- Rows: 4-89
- Columns: 2-399
- Provided: 4,821 data points
This data forms the table Agriculture - All agricultural production statistics for total New Zealand 1935–2020.
Dataset originally released on:
May 07, 2021
About this dataset
The Agricultural Production Survey is part of an ongoing programme of agricultural production statistics conducted in partnership with the Ministry for Primary Industries. Previous sample surveys were held in 2003–06, 2008–11, and 2013–14, 2018–2020, with censuses in 2002, 2007, 2012, and 2017.
Agriculture Production Survey measures farming operations below the enterprise level.
Purpose of collection
To collect information about livestock farming (including sheep, beef and dairy cattle, and deer), crop growing (including grain and seed crops), fruit, vegetables, wine grapes, forestry and farm practices (including fertiliser use).