Join the Southern Dairy Development Trust (SDDT)

Hi Followers – Our Partners at SDDT (Southern Dairy Development Trust) are taking applications for new trustees.

Expressions of interest are being sought to join the Southern Dairy Development Trust (SDDT)

We are looking for applicants within the Southern Region to join the Trust.

The Trust’s vision is positive promotion of dairy farming in the Southern region, by assisting and encouraging education of new and existing dairy farmers. At present our main role is Governance of the Southern Dairy Hub.

The Trust has a 24.9% stake in the land and building with our partners Dairy NZ and AgResearch. The Trust is the 100% shareholder in SDRF the operating entity of the farm.

This role is for a 3 year term, meeting 6 times a year with special project work from time to time.

What do you need:

• Relevant knowledge and passion for the southern dairy industry.

• The ability to see the big picture and to add to it.

• Have a vision for the sustainable future of our southern dairy industry.

• Independent thinking.

• Some degree of business acumen, with governance experience or a strong interest to develop governance skills and oversight of business operations.

• The ability to work as part of a team.

As part of this role you will receive training through the Southland Chamber of Commerce.

A position description is available on request.

Send a short CV to

Applications close 30 August

Check out the info, and read a little more about SDDT here

Southern Dairy Hub October Field Day 2019

If you missed the Southern Dairy Hub Field day today, you don’t have to miss all of the information!

The Field day booklet is now available online and includes information on:

  1. 2018/2019 season summary and current year to date
  2. Managing mineral deficiencies and animal performance
  3. How did crop type impact the size and shape of calves born?
  4. Chasing N – what’s coming down under winter vs Autumn grazed crops?
  5. Lifted or grazed crop: how does it stack up environmentally?


View Field Day Booklet


The trust is a charitable trust with the principle objectives of fostering the regional development of sustainable and profitable dairy farming within the southern region and a cornerstone partner in the Southern Dairy Hub (SDH) having sought a mandate and donations from the rural community in support of this project.

Annually three of the existing trustees retire by rotation.   Expressions of interest are now being called from interested persons who wish to be considered as trustees.

Expressions of interest stating the special attributes, skills and knowledge you would bring to the trust should be in writing and forwarded to:


Southern Dairy Development Trust

c/- McIntyre Dick & Partners Limited

PO Box 848

Invercargill  9840




Applications close on Saturday 20 October 2018

Further information on the trust and a position description for trustees can be obtained by emailing, Tony Miles at:

FIELD DAY 10th October 2018


10th October 2018

10:30am – 1:00pm

Venue: Southern Dairy Hub

Parking: Gate B – 225 Branxholme

Makarewa Road, Makarewa

(Opposite Alliance Group Plant)


Join us on farm to get the latest updates of what’s been happening on farm and with the research projects

The Southern Dairy Hub along with Senior Scientist, Dawn Dalley from DairyNZ and AgResearch will give updates on the farm, and science projects that have been in progress over the winter.

Guest Speakers:

  • Shane Griffin – Southern Dairy Hub’s Farm Manager – will provide a farm update
  • Dr. Dawn Dalley – DairyNZ Senior Scientist – will report on the winter results from the R1’s and the cows managed on the standard and low impact kale vs. fodder beet farmlets. There will also be an update on the farm systems implementation.
  • Dr Ross Monaghan – AgResearch – Will provide a progress report on the N leaching story and the 12-month stream sampling.

Please RSVP for catering purposes by: 8th October 2018

Ronda Ridsdale – or 03 218 2274


Please arrive with CLEAN footwear.  Disinfectant facilities will be available on arrival & departure.

Thank-you for respecting your host farmer.


Southern Dairy Hub Limited Partner Investors:


Lunch kindly supplied by: