sddt-logoThe 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

Current Trustees:

Tony Miles – Chairman

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.

Simon Topham – Vice Chair

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.

Jon Pemberton

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.

Alexis Muir

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.

Jono Bavin

The Southern Dairy Hub is an important part of the Southland/Otago region
for future development of research and education, it’s a privilege to be on
the trust.

Robert Bruin

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.

Tim Driscoll

I’m part of the trust because I’m passionate about getting young people educated in how fantastic the dairy industry is and also to see research that’s relevant to the south in our world class facility.

Sarah McKenzie

Advisors to the Trust include:

The operating company (SDRF) 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.