To develop and demonstrate world-best practice pasture based dairy farming systems and to transfer them to
dairy farms throughout the South Island.
To consider the farms full environmental footprint, land requirement, resource use and efficiency in system decision making and reporting
To use the best environmental monitoring and irrigation management systems in the development and implementation of practices, that achieve sustainable growth in profit from productivity and protection of the wider environment.
To ensure optimal use of all nutrients on farm, including effluent, fertiliser, nutrients imported from supplements and atmospheric nitrogen; through storage where necessary, distribution according to plant needs and retention in the root zone.
To continue the environmental monitoring programme and demonstrate technologies and farming practices that will ensure the average annual concentration of nitrate-N in drainage water from below the plant root zone remains below the critical value [16 mg N/L] specified in ECan’s proposed regional rule in order for LUDF to remain a ‘permitted activity’ [Rule WQL20].
To store and apply effluent such that there is no significant microbial contamination of the shallow aquifers.
To manage pastures and grazing so per hectare energy production is optimised and milkers consume as much metabolisable energy [ME] as practicable.
To optimize the use of the farm automation systems and demonstrate / document improved efficiencies and subsequent effect on the business.
To achieve industry targets for mating performance within a 10 week mating period, including a 6 week in-calf rate of 79% and 10 week in calf rate greater than 89% ie empty rate of less than 11%.
To continue to document and measure LUDF’s influence on changes to defined management practices on other dairy farms.
To ensure specific training is adequate and appropriate to enable staff members to contribute effectively in meeting the objectives of the farm.
To operate an efficient and well organised business unit.
To generate profit through tight cost control with appropriate re-investment and maintenance of the resources.
To create and maintain an effective team environment at policy, management and operational levels.
To actively seek labour productivity gains through adoption of technologies and practices that reduces labour requirements or makes the work environment more satisfying.
To assist Lincoln University to attract top quality domestic and international students into the New Zealand dairy industry.