South Island Dairy Demonstration Centre

Tomorrow's Dairying Today

About us

At SIDDC, our goal is to support the sustainable success of dairy both now and into the future.

Working with Lincoln University Dairy Farm (LUDF), our findings and results are proven in the same real-world environment that every farmer faces. It’s our role to understand and implement the most forward-thinking concepts that could benefit our industry, and guide New Zealand dairy towards a sustainable, successful future that everyone can benefit from.

Our systems, operations and performance are transparently shared to allow farms to benchmark against their own results. Our plans and initiatives are also shared through our focus days, reports and weekly farm walk notes that are freely accessible to everyone.

We’re here to positively lead the future sustainable success of dairying in New Zealand. To do that, we’re making changes today.

About LUDF
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Next Focus Day - Mon 19 June 2023 - Ashburton

Dairy farmers, owners, managers, staff, and dairy industry professionals are invited to come along and hear about how LUDF decreased its empty rate from 20% last season, to just 12% this season using collars/ intervention and a longer mating period.

In addition we will be comparing and diving further into the results from tests and measurements taken at both LUDF and Liam Kellys farm in the 2022/23 mating period to see what improvements can be made on LUDF to obtain an even lower empty rate next season. This includes nutritional information and feeding allocation, differences in rumination, NEFA test results and milk protein measurements.

Note this event will be held at the Ashburton Event Centre on Monday 19 June from to 4.30pm.

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Advancing our industry

Everything we do at the South Island Dairy Demonstration Centre is focused on sustainable success. We research, implement and evaluate the best technologies and practises to protect our people and our environment – both now and into the future.

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