Story: West Coast region

Livestock numbers on the West Coast, 1985–2014

Move the mouse over the lines on the graph to see the livestock figures. Click on a livestock name in the key to remove that line from the graph; click on the name again to restore it.

As in other parts of the South Island, farms in the West Coast have been converting from sheep to dairy. With a temperate climate and year-round rainfall, the West Coast is much better suited to dairying than to sheep farming. 

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Source: New Zealand Official Yearbook 1985–2006 and Statistics New Zealand

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Simon Nathan, 'West Coast region - Soils and agriculture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Simon Nathan, updated 1 Sep 2016