SIDDC is an industry-funded partnership of six leading dairy sector organisations who collaborate to promote the sustainable development of South Island dairying via demonstration activities, research, education and training of farmers.
Founded in 1878, Lincoln University is the oldest agricultural teaching institution in the Southern Hemisphere and has situated itself as a global leader in the field of agricultural and environmental research and education. The University is acclaimed in New Zealand and beyond as the tertiary education institution most able to contribute to the creation of sustainable benefit from the utilization of the country's natural resources.
A farmer owned co-operative, Livestock Improvement Corporation is renowned for excellence in genetics, information, and advice. Its mission is to lead the world with genetics and knowledge to create wealth for pastoral dairy farmers, and pastoral leadership in livestock solutions. Its vision is to be an essential partner on farm.
New Zealand's largest Crown Research Institute, AgResearch's purpose is to enhance the value, productivity and profitability of New Zealand's pastoral, agri-food and agri-technology sector value chains to contribute to economic growth and beneficial environmental and social outcomes for New Zealand.
The number of dairy farm owners, sharemilkers, contract milkers, herd managers, and farm staff have increased rapidly in the South Island over the last few years. The South Island Dairy Event (SIDE) was established to address the different and diverse needs of these South Island dairy farmers.