The farm will be self-contained for wintering and young stock, allowing for research across the whole system to be implemented. It is designed for running up to four 200-cow herds with one used as the control to demonstrate top commercial performance.
- Total Area: 349 ha.
- Milking platform and wintering: 310 ha (effective 300 ha) set up in 104 paddocks of approx 2.9 ha.
- Year one: 700 milking cows with potential to increase to 800 from year two.
This 349-hectare facility, jointly invested in by southern dairy farmers, businesses, AgResearch and DairyNZ will operate as a working dairy farm as well as a site for important research to support the local dairy industry. Find out more…