• First cows arrive in NZ

    the first cows to arrive in new zealand were a breed called the short horned a breed that originated in north east england in the late 1800's
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  • First export of cheese from new zealand

  • First dairy cooperative formed in otago

  • The first refridgerated shipment of meat and butter

    left from dunedin to london the trip took 98 days and was the beginning of NZ international exports
  • The Anchor brand was born

  • The Anchoer brand was first exported to other countries

    countries including australia and hong kong and won a prestigious award at melbournes centennial international exibition
  • Scottish milking machine

    Was trialled in the mangere area
  • first milking machines in usage

  • organised herd testing began at the dale field dairy company (wairarapa)

    testing the fat content of milk to stop unscrupulous (unprincipled)
    farmers from adding water
  • NZ first lactose factory was built at edendale,southland

    it was built for the NZ sugar and milk casein (the main protein in milk and cheese) company a growing market for casein devolops, and within and within a few years 22 factorys are producing curd for cheese manafacturing
  • The gouvernment begins a programme under its discharged soldiers

    a settlement act to provide potential faming land for 9'500 soldiers returning from ww1
  • end of ww1

    by the end of ww1 7'600 milking machines had been installed around NZ
  • Nz dairy board was created to market dairy products overseas

  • first Dairy research institute established

    the first of new zealands specialised research institutions
  • the number of cooperative dairy companys grows to 400

    they were exported focused and had their own international marketing arm in the dairy export produce control board which later became the nz dairy board
  • keeping records of the production of calfs begins

    and being able to track down the parents
  • bill gallagher...

    makes his first electric fence
  • ruakura and wallaceville

    research stations set up to help animal productivity
  • over 50% of new zealand farms using milking machines

  • over the next ten years

    some 10000 ex-service men are placed on land for a rehabilitaion project induced by the gouvernment
  • cow population count rises to 1.7 million

  • The British-made Ferguson tractor

    arrives in New Zealand and revolutionizes many aspects of farming in New Zealand
  • Introduction of tanker delivery of whole milk

    from farms to the factory.
  • Waikato farmer, Ron Sharp develops the herringbone dairy,

    Waikato farmer, Ron Sharp develops the herringbone dairy, cutting milking times in half.
  • New milking machine developed at Ruakura

    featuring stainless steel and automatic cleaning
  • Cooling of milk on-farm is introduced.

  • Britain finally agrees

    to allow the free entry of New Zealand dairy products until 1967.
  • cow population totals 2 million

  • the nz dairy board was established to market dairy products

    the board consisted of 13 members of that 2 members appointed by the gouvernor general then 8 members were choosen at random and the three last appointed by the nz cooperative company limited
  • taranaki farmer merv hicks develops the first turnstyle rotary milking platform

    basicly its a platform that rotates the cows to make it easier and faster to milk them 14 cow capacity
  • the gouvernment introduces a range of subsidies and incentives to encourage diversification of markets

    also cow population steady at just over 2 million
  • dairy exports face troubling times as the united kingdom joins with the european economic community

  • supplementary minimum price sheme (SMP) introduced to guaranteeminimum income for farmers

    which kinda made payment possible bassed on the dairy products they produce
  • More than 80 percent of farms milked through herringbones

    and average herd size is 130 cows
  • Labour government begins phasing out agricultural support and subsidies

  • Ruakura Milk Harvester

    developed - many of the features of modern day milking appear on this system.
  • At the start of the 1990s 7 percent of dairy cows are farmed in the South Island

    By 1999 this has risen to 22 percent of the national herd
  • The New Zealand Dairy Board is the world’s largest marketing network.

  • amalgamations (when two or more operations come together) of exiting operations

    so that means there is only 12 dairy cooperative dairy companies remain
  • the dairy board is dissolved with its assets

    transferred to the ownership of the cooperative dairy companies
  • the cow population reaches 3 million average herd size at 308 cows

  • wooo 2000 by this time more than 95% of the industry is represented by the two largest dairy companies the waikato based dairy group and the taranaki based kiwi cooperative dairies

  • dairy industry deregulated

    the two largest dairy companies form to create fonterra the worlds largest dairy exporter
  • the first cow milked with automatic milking machine in nz

    dexel now known as dairy nz researchers developed the new method
  • cow population almost 4 milion

    in 2007 21% of dairies had rotarie platforms milking up to 800 cows in 2 hours and 2 people operating average herd size 327 cows
  • first commercial farms in nz adopt automatic milking canterbury and southland

  • there are as many cows as there are people

    just over 4 million
  • new zealands dairy cow population is increasing at a greater than the human population is

    there are now 4.5 million cows where as the human population is at 4'400'000average herd size 386 cows