Cattle run in paddocks and can be mostly grass-fed throughout their lives. The result is a highly sought after dairy product and New Zealand's biggest customer is China. Just outside of Auckland, Chris Guy runs a dairy farm that's been in the family for six generations and he's very aware of how his patch of land is connected to the country's biggest trading partner. The young farmer watches the global milk price, knowing any dip or volatility impacts the decisions his family makes for the property as well as the more personal parts of life.
Right now, things are good. Increasing demand for milk from China throughout the pandemic pushed the global price higher and for a country that exports up to 96 per cent of its dairy product, that meant a boost for farmers.