Canterbury/Marlborough breeding and finishing sheep and beef

Model chapter

This chapter contains model results and commentary from the 2009 pastoral monitoring programme as a printable PDF. The chapter provides information on the production and financial status of the Canterbury/Marlborough breeding and finishing sheep and beef pastoral model farm. Model chapters will no longer be published in the pastoral monitoring report.

Download the model chapter in PDF format [463K PDF]

To request a printed copy of this document please contact policy.publications@maf.govt.nz

Data release

This release provides key points and budget tables from the 2009 sheep and beef monitoring programme for the Canterbury/Marlborough breeding and finishing sheep and beef model. Final results from the 2009 monitoring round, with commentary on the model are due for release in late October 2009.

Key points

Canterbury/Marlborough breeding and finishing sheep and beef model tables and graph

Download Excel format [58KB XLS]

To request this information in CSV format please contact stats_info@maf.govt.nz

Information about the model

This model represents 1555 finishing breeding farms in coastal Marlborough and Canterbury. Farms are located on the dry downs and plains, in irrigated areas, and in the higher rainfall upper plains. There is a wide range of farm sizes, stocking rates, stock classes, and performance in this region. The farms in the model have an average effective area of 369 hectares and normally run 9–10 stock units per effective hectare.

Breeding ewe flocks with lamb finishing predominate, with cattle finishing and/or graziers on many properties. Some farmers also derive income from some cash cropping, deer, beef breeding cows, lamb finishing, farm forestry, and off-farm sources. Cattle returns are calculated on a beef finishing policy.

For more information on this model contact: John.Greer@maf.govt.nz