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Southern Dairy Development Trust

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:

  • Southland Demonstation Farm

  • Business Education

  • Local Dairying Issues

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Matthew Richards

Trust Chair 

Email Matthew

Chris Withy

Leadership and strategy

Email Chris

Stefan Du Plessis

Key Liaison for Environmental Issues (sustainability)

Email Stefan

Robert Kempthorne

Communications & Media

Email Robert

Tony Miles

Trust Project Support

Email Tony

Trustee Expressions of Interest

Southland Demonstration Dairy Farm Trust, trading As Southern Dairy Development Trust.

The trust is a charitable trust with the principle objectives of fostering the regional development of sustainable and profitable dairy farming within Southland and West Otago.

The trust is also the sole shareholder of the Southland Demonstration Farm Limited, which leases and operates an 800 cow dairy farm near Wallacetown.

Annually three of the existing trustees retire by rotation. Expressions of interest are now being called from interested persons who wish to be considered as trustees.

Expressions of interest stating the special attributes, skills and knowledge you would bring to the trust should be in writing and forwarded to:

Southern Dairy Development Trust
McIntyre Dick & Partners Limited
PO Box 848
Invercargill 9840


Email: Chris Shaw

Business Education

In July 2011 and July 2012 The Southern Dairy Development Trust delivered a series of workshops designed exclusively for Southern Dairy Farmers. If you are interested in attending our workshops in the future please Register an Interest by clicking on the link: Register an interest

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