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...

Southern Dairy Hub land secured

It is with great pleasure we announce that, with AgResearch and DairyNZ support, land has been secured to establish the Southern Dairy Hub. Two adjoining properties have been purchased at Makarewa, 15km north of Invercargill, totalling 349ha. The purchase will be...

Southern Dairy Hub delayed until 2017-18

The Southern Dairy Hub project will delay the start of milk supply until the 2017-18 season because the board has not yet found and secured a suitable farm.  We are committed to making the project work, and to do that we need to identify the best farm for the job; but...

Update on the Southern Dairy Hub

Since the last update from Matthew Richards, Southern Dairy Development Trust (SDDT) chair; work on the Southern Dairy Hub (SDH) has been continuing. Now that the Hub’s future is secure, the SDH Board will be keeping you up-to-date with developments until a business...

Southern Dairy Hub Gets the Green Light

The Southern Dairy Hub has the approval needed to proceed from its industry partners, DairyNZ and AgResearch. Southern Dairy Development Trust Chair Matthew Richards says the Trust presented the results of its fundraising efforts to the Board of Directors of DairyNZ...

Dairy Hub proposal gathers support

The Southern Dairy Hub proposal is on the way towards reaching its target, with over $530,000 of the $2 million required pledged to date. Southern Dairy Development Trust Chairman Matthew Richards says over 210 farmers and a number of businesses have pledged their...