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New dairy research hub for Southland

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/10/2016
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A new dairy and research farm being developed in Southland will ensure farmers have access to cutting edge science and innovation.

The 349ha farm at Makarewa, 15km north of Invercargill, is being funded by AgResearch, DairyNZ and local farmers.

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce says dairy farmers will be able to see first-hand how new techniques can help them.

"The wider science community will also benefit by being able to use a new research facility," he said.

The farm will be converted to dairy this season and will supply Fonterra.

Cornerstone funding of $5 million each was put up by AgResearch and DairyNZ, while local farmers raised $1.25m.

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