Dairy farming is part of a long and proud agricultural tradition in New Zealand.

Dairy cattle were first imported by European settlers in the early 19th Century to provide milk, butter and cheese for local supply. As early as 1846, only six years after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the first exports began. By 1882 New Zealand was exporting the first refrigerated shipment – a worldwide first – of meat and butter from Port Chalmers, Dunedin to London on the ship "Dunedin".

Refrigerated shipping, New Zealand's temperate climate and a highly innovative and efficient dairy industry based on farmer-owned co-operative dairy companies enabled dairying to grow into New Zealand's most important industry

The all-grass farming system provides cheese lovers across the world with a true source of free range dairy products.