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Southern Pastures: Grass fed, free range, sustainable dairy farming.

Southern Pastures LP is the largest institutional farmland fund in New Zealand and is focused on utilizing free-range, grass-fed and animal-welfare based sustainable dairy farming to deliver a premium healthy product. New Zealand, a water rich country, is the global powerhouse in dairy with free-trade agreements and proximity to emerging Asia. Southern Pastures provides an exposure to increasing Asian protein consumption anchored in a stable OECD country.

Southern Pastures is a proud member of:

  • Upper Waikato Sustainable Milk Project
  • Farmland Principles – a grouping of UNPRI Institutional Investor Signatories


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Improving Farm Sustainability: Soil Biology

As part of its plans to improve the sustainability of its farms, Southern Pastures considers soil biology to be of key importance. In this regard Southern Pastures is trialing the best means of introducing and establishing healthy populations of beneficial species of Epigeic, Endogeic and Anecic earthworms on its farms. The optimum method will be rolled out on all of Southern Pastures farms that have less than optimum populations.

The role of the earthworm is generally underestimated. By feeding on plant litter and dung, burrowing and casting, earthworms move organic matter into and through the soil thereby increasing the nutrients available to pasture and improving the soil structure resulting in higher available moisture and water infiltrations. A healthy population of earthworms also assists in keeping grass grub populations at bay and reduces incidence of facial eczema in cows.

Studies have shown that pasture production can increase by between 28% to 113% as optimum earthworm populations are established.

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