Tomorrow’s dairy – today.

The SIDDC partnership was established in 2002 and its flagship demonstration farm, Lincoln University Dairy Farm (LUDF) has become a stand-out feature of the development pathway for South Island dairying in that time, with exceptionally high farmer and wider engagement.

The purpose of SIDDC is to demonstrate tomorrow’s dairy farming today. The strategic intent of SIDDC is to harness the complementary capabilities of the Partners and other organisations to lead and demonstrate the very best sustainable bovine dairy food production systems based on the following principles:

  1. People are the core of farm activities
  2. Activities must be supported by the broader community
  3. Mātauraka Māori to be adopted
  4. The focus must be on future consumers
  5. On-farm practices must be at the forefront of environmental sustainability, commercial profitability, animal care, and employment relations
  6. Farm systems will be informed by sound science and underpinned by robust and transparent data collection and analysis.

The Partners individually and collectively seek to capture the leadership opportunities that will improve the provision and quality of on-farm research, development and extension, educational and training capabilities, and services for South Island dairy farms.