The world’s best farmers are right here in New Zealand.
Through Owl Farm; a dynamic joint venture demonstration dairy farm between Founding Partners St Peter’s School and Lincoln University, the Waikato’s farmers will have access to world class resources, information and on-farm practices.
One key element in securing Owl Farm as a demonstration dairy farm of national and international repute is the provision of world class knowledge through quarterly Farm Focus Days. These days are an opportunity for farm owners, farm workers and rural professionals to meet, network and share ideas whilst gaining a proper sense of how Owl Farm is developing a workable blueprint of sustainable, profitable dairying.
Working alongside our industry partners DairyNZ, Fonterra Farmsource, Ballance, PGG Wrightson Seeds and Westpac it is our vision to apply proven research, utilising good on farm practice and scientific monitoring for the farm to become an exemplar in dairy production, financial, environmental and people performance, while maintaining the highest standards of health and safety.
Owl Farm Demonstration Manager Jo Sheridan says; “This is a fantastic opportunity for Central North Island dairy farmers as increasing financial and environmental pressures mean farming is more stressful than ever. Owl Farm is an average farm with exceptional ambitions, our journey towards achieving sustainable profits will be hugely valuable to all.”
Our close association with the school also allows us to engage with students across the board to encourage more young people into the dairy industry.
The owl is the key element of the St Peter’s crest and shows that the farm is located here at the school. The owl illustrates knowledge, learning, wisdom and education; cornerstones of Owl Farm’s operation, and certainly what St Peter’s and Lincoln University are all about.”
Owl Farm is providing knowledge to the world's best farmers and to rural professionals. Owl Farm seeks to educate St Peter's students in Agribusiness and on-farm; showcasing the broad career prospects which exist within the agricultural sector.
Since the school was built, the St Peter's School Farm has been an integral part of its operations. Initially it meant that the school was self-sufficient in terms of meat, vegetables and fruit. The milk from a herd of 35 cows supplied the needs of the school, as did the eggs from 250 hens. In September 1938 a further 68 acres was purchased from the estate of James Taylor, making a total of 277 acres.
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St Peters Farm History