The Southern Dairy Hub was established in response to Southland and Otago farmers wanting dairy challenges in the region to be addressed through local research and demonstration.
DairyNZ is a partner of the Southern Dairy Hub, along with AgResearch and the Southern Dairy Development Trust.
The two first research studies underway at the hub include a study comparing the feed regimes of cows on fodder beet with those on kale, and research to validate DairyNZ’s Forage Value Index (FVI).
The FVI study will compare the performance of high and low FVI ranked perennial ryegrass cultivars under realistic dairy farm management conditions. Both studies are being led by DairyNZ.