Photographer's Note

It is well known that there are many sheep in New Zealand. In 2017 there were 27.37 million sheep (and 4,5 million people). It is less known that there are 10.08 million cattle (3.61 million beef cattle and 6.47 million dairy cattle). I wonder who cares for them if there are few people? But even more surprising that there are 0.85 million deer. I have seen many deer farms (for meat) but they were a bit far from the bus.

Livestock farming is a widespread land use in New Zealand and contributes to the country economy. But high livestock numbers and the distribution of livestock across land environments can affect indigenous biodiversity and soil health (eg compaction). High livestock numbers and density in some land environments can also affect water quality, as nitrogen and bacteria from urine and faeces can leach into groundwater or run off the land into rivers and lakes.

The view from the bus going to Milford Sound.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10773 W: 146 N: 27120] (129847)
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