Head Office
7B Sophia Street
Timaru 7910
New Zealand

Postal Address
PO Box 549
Timaru 7940
New Zealand

P: (03) 687-9258
F: (03) 684-7965
E: Contact


Welcome to Dairy Holdings Ltd

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Dairy Holdings Limited (Dairy Holdings) is a New Zealand registered company with 100% of its farming assets in the South Island of New Zealand

The extensive South Island operations are undertaken through wholly owned subsidiary companies and are managed from the Group's Timaru office.  These operations commenced in June 2001 following the purchase by the Group of the major Canterbury and North Otago dairy properties from the corporate farming entities Tasman Agriculture Limited and Dairy Brands Limited.

Business Objectives 

The Dairy Holdings' operations are driven by the overriding objective of maximising profitability by adopting systems that increase the quantity of pasture grown and harvested.

This business ethos is based on research conducted through Ruakura and more recently the Lincoln University Dairy Farm that provides the base system for successful and profitable dairy farming.  This system initially promoted by Dr C P McMeeken and subsequently by Dr Arnold Bryant, continues to be supported through the use of high comparable stocking rate systems by DairyNZ.

Dairy Holdings' Shareholders, Directors and Management are committed to achieving consistent and repeatable levels of profitability predicated on simple, pasture based management systems.

To ensure systems are followed and that Dairy Holdings is regarded as an "employer of choice", Supervisors, Sharemilkers, Managers and Staff are interviewed annually by Investors in People New Zealand (IIPNZ) to ensure minimum standards are achieved or exceeded.  Accredited farms are able to use the IIPNZ logo when advertising for staff.

This simple pastoral based farming approach has already enabled a significant number of the Group's 300 farm staff to progress through the Group's employment structure to Lower Order Sharemilking and 50/50 Sharemilking positions, and subsequently farm ownership.

The drive to maximise shareholder profitability, while at the same time satisfying staff career progression, has resulted in approximately one-third of the Group's New Zealand farms being operated by 50/50 Sharemilkers.  These farms are generally the smaller dairy units of up to about 800 cows in size.  The balance of the larger farms are operated by Managers and Lower Order Sharemilkers.  This structure ensures all operators remain focused and motivated while growing their businesses within the Group

This systems based approach to dairy farming, enables the Group to now operate a significant corporate farming operation in New Zealand.

Dairy Holdings Ltd - Directors 

Gregory (Greg) William Gent (Chairman)

Greg is a dairy farmer from Ruawai, Northland.  Greg was a foundation director of Fonterra and retired from that Board in 2011.  His current directorships include The Southern Cross Health Care Group, rural insurer FMG, and Crown Research Institute Plant & Food.

Colin Charles Armer

Colin is a leading North Island based dairy farmer and, together with his wife Dale, holds extensive agricultural interests.  Mr Armer brings considerable dairy farming experience to the Board having been involved in the Industry for more than 30 years.

Christopher (Chris) James White

Chris is an experienced senior executive and member of the NZ Institute of Directors.  With a background across a range of industries; including corporates like Carter Holt Harvey, Rank Group  and AMP Financial Services, he brings considerable experience in business leadership, strategy, and corporate governance.  Originally from the Waikato and with a family background in Market Gardening and Dry-stock Beef Farming, Chris also has a Diploma in Hort Management from Lincoln University.

Harold (Harry) Snell

Harry is a Farm Consultant and serves as a Director on a number of farming companies.  Harry is the Chairman of Waikato based JD and RD Wallace Ltd which is a Shareholder in Dairy Holdings Ltd via Jagewi Ltd.  Harry is involved in the ownership of several dairy farms in the Te Awamutu/North King Country region.

Murray Turley

Murray is involved in a large scale arable and vegetable operation with farms in South and Mid Canterbury, along with his wife, Margaret. They are involved in other value-add businesses associated with their farming enterprise.


IIPNZ (Investors in People New Zealand)

Dairy Holdings is proud to hold Gold level accreditation to the International Investors in People standard, recognising best practice in people management across the business 




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