Grasslands has operations in Canterbury and Southland, New Zealand.
We have strategically chosen these locations for their operational efficiencies and rich natural resources. Canterbury and Southland both offer good soils and natural fertility allowing us to consistently grow large quantities of pasture and implement our grass first production system. Our Canterbury operation is one of the largest contiguous dairy operations in New Zealand while in northern Southland we have over 4,500 cows in a tight 10km radius from Mossburn. By putting together such tight farming hubs Grasslands has been able to roll out a single replicable operating system across the wider business.
Our Canterbury and Southland farming hubs are made up of world-class people, disciplines, and benchmarking which are fundamental to the Grasslands model of building simple, replicable and sustainable pastoral farming systems.
Our Canterbury operations are located against the backdrop of the Southern Alps and Mount Hutt to the west and southwest. This is property is one of the largest contiguous dairy farming operations in New Zealand. Here Grasslands operates nine dairy units across 2,700 hectares.
The continuous nature of the property makes it an iconic landmark and provides for operational efficiencies. Soil types are predominantly Lismore and Ruapuna silt loam containing river stones. Situated at approximately 300m above sea level, average rainfall is 1,050mm (41 inches) per annum. The key operational indicators are summarised below.
Established in 2017, the Grasslands Southland farms are located around Mossburn and coastal Southland. Here we operate six dairy units totalling 2,300 hectares. Grasslands also operates a 1,400 hectare lease farm in northern Southland that provides support for our young stock and wintering of cows.
Mossburn is 300m above sea level and has an average rainfall of 950mm (37 inches per annum). The key operational indicators are summarised below.