Dairy

Dairy

The predominant economic driver of South Taranaki is dairy farming.  This sector, based on the natural advantages for dairying, makes South Taranaki one of the leading dairy producing areas in New Zealand. 

 

The district contains 61.3%of the Taranaki region’s total dairy herds (Livestock Improvement Co, 2008) and is home to almost the entire dairy processing that takes place in the Taranaki province (for example, Fonterra Whareroa, Fonterra Kapuni and Fonterra Eltham). 

 

 

 

These favourable dairy conditions provide for symbiotic downstream industries, such as the three meat processors, Riverlands at Eltham, Silver Fern Farms Ltd (formerly PPCS Richmond) at Hawera, and Silver Fern Farms Ltd at Waitotara.