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With a subtropical climate Northland provides a competitive advantage for its agricultural sector, which includes diary, beef, sheep and deer. Higher pasture growth allowing the ability to fatten stock during the warmer winter and spring months and the highest rainfall in the North Island have seen the sector double productivity in the last 15 years.

Beef farming is important to this sector, producing around 20 percent of New Zealand’s beef output. There are two modern processing plants with impressive processing abilities and Northland also boasts the biggest blast freezer in the Southern hemisphere.

Dairy farming is a growing industry, the climate again providing an advantage with a mostly grass-fed diet continuing supply through winter months when others around the country are drying off their herds.

Deer farming is relatively new for Northland with great potential for growth. Sheep farming is predominantly Perendale and Romney, producing good quality wool for the carpet industry.