The Southern Dairy Development Trust is a charitable trust and was borne out of an initiative in 2007 to establish an entity that could provide Southland with a dedicated research or demonstration farm focused on dairying.
The principle objectives of SDDT is to foster the regional development of sustainable and profitable dairy farming within Southland and West Otago.
The trust is the sole shareholder of the Southland Demonstration Farm Limited, which leases and operates an 800 cow dairy farm near Wallacetown.
Trust Vision: Fostering the regional development of sustainable and profitable dairy farming.
Trust Mission: Working with key dairy stakeholders to identify, support, govern and promote projects that create positive benefits for Southern dairy farmers profit, people and environment.
Trust Objectives: As part of delivering tangible benefits to dairy farmers in the Southern Region the Trust is involved in three key areas:
- Southern Dairy Hub
- Business Education
- Local Dairying Issues
- Tony Miles (Chair)
- Simon Topham
- Jon Pemberton
- Rosemary Hamilton
- Loshni Manikam
- Tim Driscoll
- Jono Bavin
Advisors to the Trust include:
The current Southern Dairy Hub is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Southern Dairy Development Trust which also holds charitable status and intends to continue its business of dairy demonstration and innovation.