Sharemilking is a form of sharefarming applied to the dairy industry. The application of this model of agriculture is particularly common in New Zealand. Typically sharemilkers own their own cows, and will often take the herd with them when shifting between properties. The model is not exploitative, and over time, sharemilkers often slowly buy out the landholder, or alternatively use it as a method to save for their own property.
This practice is useful for dairy farmers anywhere who do not wish the burdens of owning their own land, as it allows them to focus their investment in livestock and equipment. The sharemilking also provides income for former dairy farms that have given up their herds, by providing them with an income from rental of fields, pastures and barns.
- Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, New Zealand. "A Review of Sharemilking: 1972-1996". Retrieved 2006-05-18.