INCREASED PRODUCTION ON DAIRY FARMS
AbstractRecentlv officers of the Extension Division of the Department of Agriculture carried out a county by county survey of the Dominion to define what increases in carrying capacity were both possible and probable by 1975, and what the ultimate potential carrying capacity was likely to be. They based their estimates on past trends in livestock numbers on each soil type and probable developments in farm management methods and their summarised conclusions indicate that in 1975 our most likely increase would be about 27 per cent. but that it would be possible to increase by 45 per cent. and that our ultimate potential increase might be 67 per cent. This estimate covers all land in the Dominion and, of course, includes large areas of pastoral land which with our present knowledge and economic conditions is not improvable. Some of you may think these'estimates too high; others will certainly, think them too low. As grassland workers I think we should analyse the basic conceptions underlying these estimates and discuss methods by which we may attain as rapid an increase as possible. For I may mention that this forecasting work was undertaken in view of the fact that the population of the Dominion is likely to be 2,750,OOO by 1975 and if the productive capacity of our farming lands is not increased at a rate comparable with our population growth our wealth and well-being are likely to suffer.