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:
- Southland Demonstration Farm
- Business Education
- Local Dairying Issues
- Matthew Richards (Chair)
- Chris Withy
- Robert Kempthorne
- Tony Miles
- Stefan Du Plessis
Southland Demonstration Farm Board: Maurice Hardie (Chair)
Advisors to the Trust include:
- Ron Pellow (South Island Dairy Development Centre – SIDDC)
- Sarah McKenzie (Preston Russell Law)
- Chris Shaw (McIntyre Dick and Partners)
The current Southland Demonstration Farm (SDF) Company 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.