Press Release 

New Southern Dairy Hub General Manager Appointed

1 June 2023

Andrea Dixon has been appointed general manager of the Southern Dairy Hub (SDH) and will start her new role on 17 July.

 The Southern Demonstration and Research Farm Limited (SDRF) Board Chair Simon Flood said, “Andrea is well known in Southland as the Lower South Island territory manager at the Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) for the past seven years and we’re excited to have her join our team at such a pivotal point in its history. She brings strategic thinking, a great knowledge of dairy farming and a focus on continuous improvement”.

 “The SDH and its partners are delivering some truly cutting-edge science and research for our southern farmers, all while maintaining a commercially viable dairy farm. This makes SDH a complex operation and is why we’re thrilled to have Andrea onboard.

 “Until Andrea starts her role with SDH we are fortunate to have Richard Kyte overseeing our operation as acting general manager and on behalf of the Board I would like to thank Richard and the Farm Team for the excellent work that they are doing in preparing the farm for next season”, says Flood.

 Before joining LIC 11-years ago, Dixon was dairy farming in the South Island, although originally trained as an accountant.

 Dixon said, “LIC are a fantastic employer, and I have grown hugely in my time with them, and I couldn’t have made this next step in my career without their support”.

 “The role at SDH excites me. Not only is it an industry-good role; it also allows me to work with a great team, passionate key stakeholders, and help find solutions for farmers for the future through the Hub’s research arm. We have challenges in the dairy sector but also so many opportunities. I believe the Hub is perfectly positioned to be ahead of the game so farmers can move more quickly with great information and data,” Dixon said.

 Dixon reflected on her priorities when she starts in July.

 “I need to get my feet under the table, understand how things are looking, engage with key stakeholders and put in place a clear strategy to meet the vision of the Hub. It’s going to be crucial to build the visibility of the Hub to our farmers so they understand the value they can get from the research,” Dixon said.


For more information contact Lee Cowan 021 930 836

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