The Southern Dairy Development Trust is a charitable trust and was borne out of an initiative in 2007 to establish an entity that could provide Southland with a dedicated research or demonstration farm focused on dairying.
The principle objectives of SDDT is to foster the regional development of sustainable and profitable dairy farming within Southland and West Otago.
The trust is the sole shareholder of the Southland Demonstration Farm Limited, which leases and operates an 800 cow dairy farm near Wallacetown.
Trust Vision: Fostering the regional development of sustainable and profitable dairy farming.
Trust Mission: Working with key dairy stakeholders to identify, support, govern and promote projects that create positive benefits for Southern dairy farmers profit, people and environment.
Trust Objectives: As part of delivering tangible benefits to dairy farmers in the Southern Region the Trust is involved in three key areas:
- Southern Dairy Hub
- Business Education
- Local Dairying Issues
I have been involved in the trust for 7 years, I enjoy working with fantastic people to do our bit to help dairying in the southern region be here for many years to come.
I got involved in the trust, because I was keen to learn about governance and to help part of the transformation from being a demonstration farm to being a world leading research farm.
I became a trustee as I see the need for research specifically for the southern region and a great vehicle for reconnecting town and country.
My involvement in the trust provides the opportunity to support and enhance a positive platform for the future of Dairying in the South and NZ Agriculture.
I am involved with the SDDT because I like to put my time and experience back into dairying in the south and it is a good way for me to get off the farm, being involved also benefits my personal development.
Advisors to the Trust include:
The current Southern Dairy Hub is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Southern Dairy Development Trust which also holds charitable status and intends to continue its business of dairy demonstration and innovation.