Story: Dairying and dairy products

Holstein-Friesian cow

Holstein-Friesian cow

Holstein-Friesian cows are large, and usually black and white. In New Zealand they produce over 4,000 litres of milk per season from a grass-based diet. The first Dutch Friesians were imported by Canterbury’s John Grigg in 1884. The national Friesian herd now contains about 40% North American Holstein.

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Hugh Stringleman and Frank Scrimgeour, 'Dairying and dairy products - Dairy cattle breeds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2023)

Story by Hugh Stringleman and Frank Scrimgeour, published 24 Nov 2008