Japan’s declining dairy herd bottoms out in 16 years

TOKYO, July 15 ― Japan’s falling dairy herd has bottomed out for the first time in 16 years, official data has showed.

The number of dairy cows as of February 1, 2018 was 1.32 million head, up 0.4% from a year earlier, according to the agriculture ministry.

That was mainly because the number of female heifers has picked up in Hokkaido prefecture, the country’s major dairy supplier.

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