South Island Dairying Development Centre's (SIDDC) focus is the acceleration of dairying development, particularly for South Island dairy farmers.
The South Island Dairying Development Centre (SIDDC) is a partnership of six key New Zealand organisations involved in South Island dairying. Established in September 2001, the venture is a partnership between:
South Island Dairy Farmers (represented by the South Island Dairy Event (SIDE) network)
Ravensdown Fertiliser Cooperative Limited
Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), and
SIDDC seeks to support dairying development through providing a cluster of expertise, resources, and services delivering innovative and practical research, as well as technical, educational, extension and training support to dairy farmers.
A significant part of this work is sharing information and practice online and at quarterly focus days based on weekly farm walks and datasheets from the Lincoln University Dairy Farm (LUDF).
Following the Government’s announcement on Monday, 23rd March we are shutting the farm gates to anyone who is not a staff member of LUDF. The health and wellbeing of our staff is paramount, and we will be employing all practical measures to keep them from contracting the Coronavirus.
We will continue to conduct weekly Farm Walks and post the data to the SIDDC website and LUDF Facebook page as normal. As always, if you have any questions about what is occurring on the farm, reach out to us on Facebook, Instagram or email and we will ensure to answer them for you.
Given the new isolation rules, we have decided to postpone the May Focus Day. The tentative plan is to have it in June, at which point we can hopefully either meet in an outdoor setting or set up a live stream from Lincoln University for you all to view online. This will all depend on how the next few weeks progress, but we will continue to update you as the plan develops.
We have established the following protocol to be used on farm to reduce risk to our staff members and are sharing it so other farm owners/operators can adopt similar practices. If you have additional actions that we have not mentioned please let us know as we are keen to implement as many preventative measures as possible and it will be useful for all farmers to continue to grow this list.
The LUDF staff will be split in to two groups and we will isolate each team from the other. As Peter, our farm manager, is still recovering from knee surgery we will continue to employ a relief milker until he is fully operational, which we expect to be in the next two weeks. For health and safety reasons we do not want individuals on farm alone, so we will always have two staff working together during this period.
The intention is for each team to work 3 days on 3 days off throughout the lockdown period, but we will continually assess this approach and make changes if required. We have provided staff with additional disposable gloves, that they typically use during milking, so they can use them when operating machinery as well. We also have put leftover teat wipes around the office and on our vehicles so staff can disinfect steering wheels before usage. This is in addition to wearing gloves. At the end of their roster they will disinfect any surfaces that they have come in contact with during their work. This includes all machinery, office desks, computer keyboards, kitchen surface, door handles and milk clusters. We will be using SteriGENE or a dilute solution of XY-12 to achieve this disinfection depending on the surface. We will monitor staff for fatigue and ask them to implement all hygiene advice provided by the government, to distance themselves from one another and to isolate themselves when they are not on the farm.
As for the SIDDC partners, Ravensdown and LIC are essential services and will continue operating throughout the shutdown. AgResearch, Lincoln University, and DairyNZ will shut their facilities but most staff members will be working from home if they have the capacity to do so. SIDDC will operate as usual and continue to support LUDF staff members and all dairy farmers during this time. Please remember to look out for one another during this difficult time and to take care of yourselves too!
Due to COVID-19 no visitors are permitted on LUDF and Farm Walks have been postponed until further notice. Please contact 03-423-0022 with any questions.
Farm walks - each Tuesday morning. Arrive 8:50 for 9am start. Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. Please call to notify us of your intention and bring your plate meter and clean gumboots. Phone SIDDC – 03 423 0022.
Please note – All visitors to the farm are now required to use boot washing facilities and disinfectant mat on arrival (and recommended to use on departure).
Download the most recent (February 2020) LUDF Focus Day handout.
Read Tom Chapman's talk on 'Expectations of the next generation of farmers working in our industry' here.
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