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Dairy 1 is located adjacent to the Massey University campus. It bounds the Manawatu River, within the Palmerston North city boundary. The farm is managed as a profitable, low input, sustainable pasture-based dairy farm with a Once-a-Day (OAD) milking, spring calving system.
Dairy 1's primary objective is to provide leadership in future farm businesses that are kind to people, animals and the environment. Project Dairy 1 encompasses our body of research work on the once-a-day seasonal supply low-input system in a sensitive nutrient zone.
The land on the south bank of the Manawatu River, where Dairy 1 is located, was originally occupied by the Rangitane people. Māori settlers, attracted by the fertile soils of the Manawatu floodplain, cleared some of the forest for growing kumara and established small unfortified villages (kainga) along the river.
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Last updated on Friday 05 May 2017
Dairy 1 is part of the Global Farm Platform, an international group for optimisation of grazing livestock production systems.
Dairy 1 (formerly No.1 Dairy Farm) is adjacent to the Massey University campus. It bounds the Manawatu River, three kilometres from Palmerston North City.
Dairy 1 is managed by Jolanda Amoore.