Meat and dairy processing

Meat and dairy processing factories manufacture products for local and international markets.

Meat processing plants process lamb, beef, veal, deer, and other animal related products such as hides, leather, and animal fat products. Approximately 80-90 % of beef and dairy products produced in Aotearoa are exported overseas. 

Meat processing activities that significantly impact the environment require a Resource Consent. For example, a water permit for taking water and a discharge permit for discharging into water, the air, or on to land may be required.

Dairy factories manufacture products such as pasteurised milk, cream, butter, cheese, casein, whey, and milk powders.

Kaitiaki Tools will help you identify activities and environmental impacts specifically related to meat and dairy processing.