Data & Tools

We provide accurate, independent information to help farmers, meat processors, consultants and other organisations with their planning. Below you’ll find data and tools you can use to make farming business decisions – from export statistics to economic reports to interactive tools.

Sheep & beef farm survey

Find out how New Zealand’s sheep and beef farms are expected to perform this year – and how they’ve performed in the past. 

Farm management performance indicators are summarised by farm, hectare, stock unit, region, and farm class. They include balance sheet analysis.

For quintile analysis, go to: Benchmark your farm.

Northern North Island: Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty

Eastern North Island: Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa

Western North Island: Taranaki, Manawatu

Northern-Central South Island: Marlborough, Nelson, Canterbury

Southern South Island: Otago, Southland

New Zealand: grouped by farm class

Background to the survey

The Beef + Lamb New Zealand sheep and beef farm survey began in 1950 and is central to our activities. It provides a sound base for the Economic Service's forecasts of meat and wool production and trends in the sector, by linking physical production together with financial returns and the capital structure of farms. After producing the sheep & beef mid-season update in February, in September each year we publish our estimate of the actual farm situation for the new season ahead.

How this data is used

The trends shown by farm survey data are published in several key reports, including the stock number survey, lamb crop, and movements in sheep and beef farm input prices: Economic reportsFor comparison purposes, the spreadsheets below include 10 years of sheep and beef farm data with the latest forecast for 2016-17.