2011 dairy season biggest on record

Dairy production last season will go down in history as the biggest ever.

Statistics released by DairyNZ and LIC show milk production leapt 11.3%, with milk companies processing 19.1 billion litres of milk.

The number of cows milked rose by more than 100,000 to 4.6 million nationwide.

Milk production per cow also shot up 9% to an average of 364 kg of milk solids.

It's expected this season's dairy production will top last year's, with production predicted to rise by around 2%.

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