A range of monitoring projects across the South Island provide local data from commercial farms, in addition to the LUDF and SDF demonstration farms.
Currently there is a Westland monitor farm project (see the Westland Monitor Farm tab) and the Marlborough Monitor Farm. Details on the Marlborough Monitor Farm are available on the DairyNZ website (http://www.dairynz.co.nz/what-we-do/focus-farms/marlborough-monitor-farm/)
During the 2008-2012 period a Sustainable Farming Fund Project 'Future proofing Southland dairy farm systems' [SFF 07/155] provided weekly data on a range of Southland and South Otago farms. While the project has ended, the data provides a useful summary of the seasonal variability and management tips through this time.
(Researcher: Dawn Dalley, DairyNZ. Funded by MAF Sustainable Farming Fund, DairyNZ, SIDE and Ravensdown.)