Southern Dairy Hub Limited Partnership (SDH LP)

AgResearch, DairyNZ and the Southern Dairy Development Trust (SDDT) have entered into a Limited Partnership (LP) to form the Southern Dairy Hub (SDH).

AgResearch and DairyNZ will hold equal shares in the LP of 37.55% and SDDT will hold the remaining 24.9%.

SDDT’s share in the LP cannot exceed 25% due to its dual relationship as lessee and lessor; otherwise its tax free status will be compromised.

Bank funding will be required by the LP to complete the total development and will be within an acceptable debt to equity ratio for farm developments with a minimum 50% equity.

SDH General Partnership Limited (SDHGP) has been set up to operate as a general partner (whose shareholders will be AgResearch, DairyNZ and SDDT) to ensure the best structure for tax purposes while maintaining limited liability for the partners. It has the authority to bind the LP.

SDH LP Board of Directors

Anna Kempthorne, director and Chair of the Southern Dairy Hub

Anna is passionate about people, farming and sustainability. She believes the NZ dairy industry has a strong future and strives to make a difference. Anna is a shareholder and director of a 748ha dairy and drystock operation in Northern Southland with husband Robert. Her previous roles include DairyNZ Consulting Officer, Farm Management Consultancy and National Farming Awards Judging. She is currently a director of New Zealand Animal Evaluation Limited (NZAEL) and chair of the Farmer Advisory Panel. Anna has a Bachelor of Applied Science from Massey University.

Elaine Cook, Independent Director

Elaine Cook considers herself a ‘grass-roots’ dairy farmer with over 20 years practical farming experience. She has progressed through the industry from growing up on a dairy farm, to lower order sharemilking, 50/50 sharemilking and farm ownership in Waikato and Southland. In 2006, Elaine with her husband Wayne was the NZ sharemilker of the year. In 2013/14 she was an associate director at DairyNZ.

Elaine has a strong focus on leaving a legacy for future generations and wants to see the industry succeed. She is currently a director of the SDF and NZ Young Farmers and chairs the Governance Committee for two DairyNZ-led MBIE research contracts.

Shane Devlin, AgResearch

Shane Devlin is a member of the AgResearch Leadership team and manages the Dairy On-Farm Portfolio, reflecting to the sector how AgResearch research and development (R&D) can contribute to its success and conversely the needs of the sector to AgResearch science. Shane assists with the development and brokering of R&D with sector partners to align research programmes that are relevant to the sector. Shane is supported by Senior Scientists and Stakeholder Relationship Managers.

Shane has a Bachelor of Agriculture (Rural Valuation & Dairy Production Systems) from Massey University.

Glyn Francis, AgResearch            

Dr Glyn Francis is the Science Group Leader for Innovative Farm Systems at AgResearch, based at Lincoln. This group has a wide range of research interests including biosecurity, bioprotection, pest and weed management, soil biology, pastoral farm systems and animal welfare.

Glyn is a board member of DEEResearch and the Bio-Protection Research Centre at Lincoln University (a Centre of Research Excellence), is a member of the Collaboration Council of Better Border Biosecurity and represents AgResearch on the Arable Food Industry Council.

Glyn has a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from Warwick University and a PhD in Soil Science from Lincoln College.

David Evans, DairyNZ

David Evans is Financial Controller at DairyNZ, managing the accounting, transactional, payroll and corporate services teams. He manages all aspects of financial and management reporting including budgets and oversees the corporate and regional facilities of DairyNZ. David has held a number of senior roles within the dairy industry over the last 13 years.

David has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland and is a Chartered Accountant.

Tony Finch

Tony is the Head of the South Island for DairyNZ – Farm Performance. He has held a number of roles including that of hands on farming for 5 years post a degree in Agricultural Science majoring in Farm Management & Valuation from Massey University, a number of years within the Agricultural financial sector, followed by 7 years managing a large scale corporate Dairy Farming Greenfields operation in Missouri, USA. The past 5 years have involved managing teams within DairyNZ in the fields of Governance, Certification, Māori and Farm Performance. Tony is an Independent Director on the board of NZIPIM (New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management) and outside of DairyNZ has ownership in Dairy farms.

Peter Clinton

Peter Clinton is the Managing Director and a shareholder of his family’s farming business in Southland, Premier Dairies Ltd. Separate to this Peter & his wife Maria have their own dairy farm. Peter is a director of the Southern Dairy Hub, sits on an advisory board for a farming business and is leading a community application to the Provincial Growth Fund for studies and trials into water storage in Northern Southland.
Peter grew up on his family farm in Ireland. He moved to New Zealand in January 2011 with his now wife, Maria. He studied Land Based Technology (Agricultural Engineering) in Reaseheath College in Cheshire, England and he followed this on with a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Dublin Institute of Technology.