Field Day 14 November 2017

Southern Dairy Hub Limited Partner Investors: 10:30am – 1:00pm 611 Ryal Bush Wallacetown Road 611 Ryal Bush Wallacetown Road  Makarewa  Dairy Supply No: 31445  Join us on farm to get the latest updates of what’s been happening on farm and with the research projects...

Farmers celebrate opening of Southern Dairy Hub

The world-class Southern Dairy Hub has been formally opened, marking a new era for dairy farming supported by research in the deep south. About 200 dairy farmers and supporters gathered to celebrate the opening of the cutting-edge research and demonstration farm near...

Update 07-07-2017

The Southern Dairy Hub now has a Fonterra supply number! This month’s activities The hub now has a Fonterra supply number. The dairy shed has been commissioned and staff training in system functions and operation. Work continues on the research facilities, with the...

Update 9-06-2017

Find out about the latest Southern Dairy Hub activities and watch new drone footage showing progress. This week’s activities The dairy shed continues to be the focal point of work at the hub, with windows fitted, milk vats and lines installed, switchboard wired, and...

Update 22-05-2017

Progress towards the dairy shed commissioning on June 25 continues with the installation of milking plant equipment. Stock purchased will be arriving on farm from today onwards and begin their transition onto winter crops. The entire farm has received 25KgN/ha (units...

Update 04-05-2017

We have a herd! Cows are now on farm at the Southern Dairy Hub. The herd, as well as all young stock replacements required in year one of milking, have been secured. At present, there are multiple mobs of young stock on farm grazing the recently renovated pasture...

Update 31-03-2017

Work at the Southern Dairy Hub, including the effluent system and dairy shed, are on track. Effluent system siteworks Work at the Southern Dairy Hub, including the effluent system and dairy shed, are on track. This week’s activities Both roofs are now on the dairy...

Update 22-03-2017

Raising the roof Significant progress continues to be made at the Southern Dairy Hub. The roof is now on the dairy shed, and the effluent pond and weeping walls are taking shape. Our photo gallery below shows how developments are coming along and we've also included a...

Update 03-03-2017

A fine break in the weather has seen work at the Southern Dairy Hub ramp up. Work cultivating, regrassing, fencing, lanes, the dairy shed and effluent system are all in full swing. This week’s activities: Steel portals have been erected at the dairy shed site in...

Update 16-02-2017

Welcome to our Southern Dairy Hub (SDH) fortnightly update as we convert a sheep and beef farm to a fully operational dairy, demonstration and research farm. Tasks completed this week Individual seed mixes were arranged in preparation for sowing. 60ha has been...

Update 10/02/2017

Work on the key sites at Southern Dairy Hub is all go! This week’s activity Individual seed mixes to be arranged in preparation for sowing this week, if weather conditions allow Concrete slabs poured for both accommodation houses and structural framing progressing...

Southern Dairy Hub takes shape

Development of the Southern Dairy Hub (SDH) is progressing well, with construction of the dairy shed, houses, tanker roadway and races underway. Conversion of the 349ha farm began in November last year. Once complete, the hub will allow for farmer-led and local issues...

Update 12/12/2016

SDDT is currently appointing the SDRF board which will take responsibility for staff appointments.  These will include hub manager, farm manager, three farm staff and one research farm assistant. An additional staff member will be appointed when milking cow numbers...

Work underway at southern dairy hub

Leaders in government, the local dairy industry and the science community have gathered to mark progress at the site of the new Southern Dairy Hub.  Work is underway to convert the site – at Makarewa, just north of Invercargill – from a sheep farm and a beef farm into...

Director opportunity

Southern Dairy Development Trust (SDDT) will be appointing a farmer director to  the Board of the Southern Demonstration and Research Farm (SDRF); SDRF  is to be the operator of the Southern Dairy Hub (SDH). The appointee will join a group of experienced directors and...