Why we’re here

The Southern Dairy Hub is a 349ha commercial scale Research dairy farm at Wallacetown near Invercargill.

Created by collaborative ownership between Southern Farmers’ & Businesses donations (via Southern Dairy Development trust) and Industry (DairyNZ), Research (AgResearch) to purchase and convert the property now owned by and known as the Southern Dairy Hub.

What we do

We deliver research projects that provide future-focused farm ready information for southern - and all of New Zealand - farmers.

Our research at the Hub centres around farm systems comparative research at scale.  We focus on profitability, animal behaviour, physiological differences, environmental outcomes and feed. 

Our Vision

Be the most trusted research and demonstration hub for southern – and all New Zealand -  farmers

Our Mission

To provide economic, social and environmentally sustainable solutions for southern dairy farmers and our community

Keep up with the latest

Media Release: Southern Dairy Hub simplifying their operating and governance model

Simon Flood, SDH Chair, said “the Hub is celebrating its sixth anniversary in June, and it’s an opportune time to take the Hub to the next level. This is a natural evolution, where the originalRead more

Dry-off newsletter

Things are busy on farm as we set up for our farm system trial (more details in the newsletter), dry cows off that are light in condition and trying to manage body conditions score to ensure cows areRead more

Autumn Newsletter

The weather has certainly provided challenges with managing grass quality and finding the weather windows to cut surplus feed.  Like many farmers we have made more baleage than normal this summer,Read more

Merry Christmas from Southern Dairy Hub 🎄

Thank you to everyone for their support of the Southern Dairy Hub in a year where we celebrated our five-year anniversary in June. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support and generosiRead more

Summer Newsletter

I’m four months into my new role and I’m loving it. It’s really busy – but in a good way. We’re set up for a good season with grass growth and we’re making gains in production.Read more

October 2023 Field Day Update

For those of you that were able to make the SDH Field Day last week, it was wonderful to catch up and thank you for being so engaged and asking such great questions.Read more

October Newsletter

Firstly, hello! I recently started as the new General Manager at the SDH in July and it’s been a big few months of learning about the Hub and the amazing research work on the working and fullyRead more

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