Farm classes

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.

What is "all classes"?

The all classes distributions are weighted averages of individual farm class data to correctly portray a whole region or the New Zealand lambing percentage distribution.

They help you to evaluate where your lambing percentage sits nationally, within your region and within a particular farm class. If there aren’t enough observations within a class and region you’ll need to compare your farm with its whole farm class or your all classes region distribution.

Estimated number of commercial sheep and beef farms in each class:

  Sheep and beef farm survey 2019-20 farm class Estimated farms
South Island High country    200
South Island Hill country    620
North Island Hard hill country    920
North Island Hill country 3,055
North Island finishing 1,045
South Island Finishing breeding 1,820
South Island finishing 1,040
South Island Mixed finishing    465
  Total all classes 9,165

The eight farm classes