Fonterra, the country's largest employer and responsible for 30% of the world's dairy production, has a major factory at Hautapu, five minutes drive north of Cambridge, and others at Lichfield (the southern hemisphere's largest cheese factory), Morrinsville (the world's first automated butter factory), Te Awamutu and Te Rapa.
While dairy is easily the largest contributor to the area's agricultural economy, the rural area around Cambridge also has significant numbers of beef, sheep and deer farming enterprises.
It's estimated the Waikato is home to more than a million dairy cattle, about a fifth of the national herd, while the region has an estimated 300,000 beef cattle and more than 700,000 sheep.
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