"Producing the peak yield of 35 litres of milk per day has been compared to a person jogging for six hours, seven days a week."
Hannah Velten, "Cow".
With the carefully constructed image of contented cows in lush pastures lodged firmly in our consciousness, for many Kiwis ‘dairy' is synonymous with good health and economic prosperity. But with issues over the welfare of these gentle animals and controversy surrounding the fate of their calves, there is a dark side to your flat white.
As the industry moves more towards large-scale factory-style farming, what is really going on with New Zealand's nearly seven million dairy cows?
'Dairy's Dirty Secrets'