To maximise sustainable profit embracing the whole farm system through:
- increasing productivity
- without increasing the farm's total environmental footprint
- while operating within definable and acceptable animal welfare targets, and
- remaining relevant to Canterbury [and South Island] dairy farmers by demonstrating practices achievable by leading and progressive farmers.
The 186ha irrigated property, of which 161ha is the milking platform, is a former university sheep farm.
It was converted to dairying in 2001 and is managed by the South Island Dairying Development Centre (SIDDC), representing its six partner organisations.
The spray irrigation system includes two centre pivots, small hand shifted lateral sprinklers and k-lines. The different soil types on the farm represent most of the common soil types in Canterbury. For more information visit the SIDDC website.