New Zealand is down to just 31 million sheep. From a peak of more than twice that in the early 1980s, the number has fallen another 1.4 million on last year.
The number of dairy cattle was up, however, to 6.2 million, 4-percent higher than 2010. The dairy herd is now double the number it was 30 years ago.
The statistics department also said the amount of land planted in grapes has increased, up 3 percent between 2009 and this year and another 7,000 hectares of forest was planted.
Reprinted from NZ City