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Lincoln University Farms

Find out about our variety of farm properties. We have traditionally owned and managed a variety of farms, for four key reasons.

  • Education and training - first-hand farm experience for students
  • Research and development - leading research and development for the benefit of the primary sector
  • Demonstration - for commercial farmers to take key learnings to apply to their own properties
  • Scholarship support - for commercial profit to be applied to the support of future students.

The following farms are either owned, leased or are 'in trust' by Lincoln University. Please note that some farms are leased or sub-leased to other entities:

Lincoln University Dairy Farm The LUDF is a 180ha commercial demonstration farm managed by SIDDC. Located close to the Lincoln campus the farm shares best practice with the rural community – operating as an irrigated, system 3 dairy farm.
Lincoln University Research Dairy Farm The LUDRF is used for both research and demonstration – trialling concepts for potential commercial use. The 55ha property is located close to the Lincoln campus.
Cropping Farm The 125ha arable farm is located near the Lincoln campus and is currently leased to Plant and Food Research.
Ashley Dene Farm Ashley Dene has been owned by the University for over 100 years and is used for research and teaching. It covers 355ha and is located about 15kms west of the Lincoln campus. Currently it is used for both sheep and dairy support, with two major research themes being dryland pastoral systems and dairy wintering systems.  Around 200ha is irrigated.
Mt Grand Mt Grand is a 2127ha high country station located in Central Otago. The station currently runs fine wool merino sheep. It is held in trust with the University as the sole administrator and profits help funds a postgraduate scholarship. There is potential for tourism research and education on farm also.
Argyle Argyle is a dryland beef and sheep property in Marlborough. The 433ha property is held 'in trust' with the University as the sole administrator.  It is currently subleased. The trust funds undergraduate scholarships.
Silverwood Silverwood is a dryland sheep farm in Hororata. The 418ha property is leased by the University from Silverwood Trust. The property is under the first tranche of Central Plains Water irrigation.
Kowhai Farm The Kowhai Farm is a 35ha organic farm located near the Lincoln campus. It is currently partially leased to a Selwyn farmer, and partially used as an extension for the Dairy Research Farm.
Johnson Memorial Lab Research Farm Located on the Lincoln campus, the 37ha Johnson Memorial Lab Research Farm is used for Intensive research and teaching in sheep, deer and beef production.
Iversen Field Located on the Lincoln campus, Iversen Field is a 20ha plot used for intensive plant research and teaching.
Horticultural Research Area Located on the west side of the Lincoln campus, the Horticultural Research Area is a 20ha plot used as a horticultural teaching resource. The area includes the University vineyards.
Biological Husbandry Unit (BHU) The Biological Husbandry Unit (BHU) is located on the Lincoln campus. The 10ha farm is used to undertake teaching and research in organic farming practices in conjunction with BHU Organics Trust.
Deep Stream Deep Steam is a 92ha farm in the Rangitata, currently leased to Mesopotamia and Forest Creek Stations.
Westoe Farm Westoe Farm is owned by the Lincoln-Westoe Trust and is a 400ha lamb and beef finishing property in the Rangitikei in the North Island. The farm is being developed as a North Island demonstration farm, underpinned by objective scientific measurement of performance and education of students through certificate programmes.
The following farms are not owned by Lincoln University, however the University provides support and/or training on these farms.
Northland College Farm The Northland College farm in Kaikohe is owned by the College and run with support from Lincoln University and other partners. Students from the College can undertake on-farm and classroom education, which will lead on to Lincoln qualifications.
Owl Farm St Peter’s School in the Waikato has joined forces with Lincoln University to operate the School's Owl Farm as a North Island dairy demonstration farm, located in Cambridge, to serve the Waikato dairy community and New Zealand as whole.
Ngai Tahu Farms Lincoln University currently works with Ngai Tahu on the monitoring of their system 5 dairy farm, and the training of Māori farm workers and managers through the Whenua Kura programme.
Smedley Station and Cadet Training Farm Lincoln’s qualifications are delivered on this highly-regarded training facility for farm cadets in sheep and beef. Smedley Station is located near Waipukurau, southern Hawke’s Bay.

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