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New Zealand has been considered an agricultural country since the 19th century, when the introduction of refrigerated transport allowed its sheep and dairy industries to expand to provide the United Kingdom with meat, wool, butter, and other agricultural products. Throughout the 20th century agricultural exports have remained important to the New Zealand economy, contributing to around 50 percent of all export income.

An often-heard statistic is that there are 20 sheep for every person in New Zealand, and this was true in 1981 when there were 80 million sheep on the land. As other types of farming have become popular, the numbers of sheep has declined to 38 million, so there are only about 10 sheep per person now. The reduction in sheep numbers been replaced by a boom in dairy cows over the last 10 years.

Current livestock numbers in New Zealand are : 5 million beef cattle, 4 million dairy cattle, and 1.2 million domestic deer. Sheep and beef meats comprise 12.5% of exports and are processed at plants in various parts of the country for shipment to many parts of the world, notably Europe and North America, but also increasingly Asia.

Wool is also an important export, and while Europe is the traditional destination for this export, increasing amounts are going to China for processing.

Dairy farms are found throughout the country, but certain areas are particularly well known for dairying, such as Taranaki and the Waikato. Recently there has been massive growth in dairying in the South Island in particular Canterbury, Otago and Southland. 95% of New Zealand dairy product is destined for international markets. We are proud to be the largest dairy exporter in the world despite only being 2% of the world’s dairy production.

New Zealand's climate is suitable to grow a large variety of horticulture products, ranging from temperate fruit such as apples, pears, peaches, plums, and cherries, to subtropicals such as avocados, passionfruit, grapes, and kiwifruit. A large part of the rapidly growing horticultural industry is grape growing, especially for production of wine. Intensive vegetable production occupies more than 50 000 ha of land and employs 25 000 people. More than 50 different vegetables are grown in New Zealand.

Specific Industry positions we have available are:
  • Farm Managers
  • Fencers
  • Labourers
  • Forklift drivers
  • Tractor Operators
  • Dairy Farmers
  • Machine operators
  • Truck Drivers
  • Horticulture Staff

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