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NZ’s First Farm Sustainability Linked Loan

In a New Zealand first, ethical dairy investor Southern Pastures has entered into a three-year $50 million sustainability-linked farm loan with BNZ and its syndicate. Southern Pastures, owner of Lewis Road Creamery, will receive financial incentives for meeting new water quality and biodiversity targets and

Making Good Use Of A Crisis

One of New Zealand’s largest dairy farmers says the Covid-19 pandemic presents the country an opportunity to rethink its approach to on-farm sustainability. Southern Pastures Ltd believes more legislation isn’t the answer to sustainability challenges facing the sector and farmers should be part of the

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NZ grass-fed butter melting US hearts

Did you know that one of the world’s most expensive butters is made in New Zealand? Lewis Road Creamery grass-fed butter, sold in the US and Australia, is made from New Zealand milk that meets a stringent ‘10 Star Premium Standard’ that covers grass-fed, free-range,

It’s time to reward farmers for looking after the land

Prem Maan, executive chairman of Southern Pastures says the Government should reward farmers for adopting regenerative agriculture techniques, rather than applying punitive regulations. OPINION: The coronanvirus crisis has shown us what can be achieved in New Zealand if we work towards a common goal rather

Southern Pastures: Measuring the business case for good welfare

With over $300 million under management, Southern Pastures LP is the largest New Zealand-based institutional agricultural fund. The fund has invested in over 6,600 hectares of predominantly dairy farmland in New Zealand. All the farms in which Southern Pastures invests use free-range, grass-fed and animal-welfare

Opportunity where pines once stood

Brian Vergeest and Sheryl Hamilton believe they have the dream sharemilking job. The couple milk 1050 cows on one of Southern Pastures’ (SP) farms, Manako, near Tokoroa. The farm is run by a sharemilking business with a unique structure. It is owned 50% by Brian