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South Island Sheep Dairying Workshop

We wish to invite you to the South Island Sheep Dairying Workshop, being held at Lincoln University on 18 – 19 March 2016.

Sheep dairying is garnering increasing attention as a sustainable and economically viable farm system option, however, there are limited opportunities to find out information on which to make investment options.

This workshop provides an opportunity to hear from a range of stakeholders about production, processing and marketing issues and visit a sheep dairy unit well under development.



Friday 18th March        12.45pm start
Saturday 19th March    9.30am start


C1 (Commerce Building Lecture Theatre)
Lincoln University
Ellesmere Junction Road
Lincoln 7647

Trafford’s Farm
Charing Cross Dairy
1021 Bealey Road
Charing Cross



FRIDAY 18th MARCH  (LU Campus)

12:45pm Arrive and register
1:00pm Welcome and history of sheep dairying – an industry on the rise
1:15pm Canterbury Development Corporation – role of sheep dairying as a regional economic diversification option
1:30pm Does sheep dairying pay? (Economics)


2:15pm What can you do with your milk? (Marketing options)
3:00pm Afternoon tea
3:20pm Food South – innovation and food product development
4:10pm Environmental, infrastructural planning and food safety requirements for producing milk
Farming dairy sheep – sourcing sheep, genetics, lamb rearing, feeding regimes, sourcing rams
5:00pm Dr Haim Leibovich, Business Consultant, Israeli small ruminant specialist
5:30pm Finish
7:00pm Dinner reservation (pay your own) – venue to be advised

SATURDAY 19th MARCH   (Trafford’s Farm)

9:30am Cuppa on farm
9:45am Look at a 180-ewe dairy unit. Infrastructure and food safety requirements for producing milk
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Practical session: including range of sheep types, confirmation issues, animal health, management, milking system options, fertility, artificial insemination, milk yield, environmental footprint
5:00pm Review of the day and plans for the future: a South Island Sheep Dairy Association?
5:30pm Drinks and BBQ on-farm at Trafford’s



Registration for this workshop will be $125pp (including GST).
A late registration of $25 will apply from Thursday 10th March.

To register for this workshop, please click here.



Should you require accommodation for the duration of this course, there are several options available in Lincoln. Delegates are required to make their own arrangements directly with the providers.

– Lincoln University – single-bed study rooms with shared bathroom facilities, $78.50/night for bed and fully-cooked breakfast. To book, email Faye McGill at
The Famous Grouse Hotel
Lincoln Motel



Should you require more information regarding the course, please contact:
Sue Trafford
022 0971 766;

If you need help registering, please contact:
Sarah Patterson
03 423 0542;

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