ABOUT RAKAIA
ISLAND

Family-owned, family values

FARMING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Rakaia Island is a large farming operation in Canterbury, owned by the Turner family. The business comprises six Dairy Units and a Dry Stock Unit, run as one farm in two locations: Rakaia Island and Woodstock.

The evolution of Rakaia Island

Founding Directors Doug and Dave Turner grew up on a North Canterbury dairy farm. Before they began dairying themselves, they gained off-farm experience: Dave in Rural Banking, Doug became a qualified Diesel Mechanic. But dairying always remained their passion.

In 1980 Dave and Doug formed a share milking partnership – taking every opportunity to expand the business. The hard work of Margaret and Helen Turner has been an essential factor in the growth of the business, along with invaluable support from extended family.

In 1994 Rakaia Island near Southbridge was purchased, gradually irrigated and converted from sheep and beef, to four Dairy Units. Rakaia Island is where the bulk of dairy operations take place. In 2005 Woodstock Farms near Oxford in North Canterbury, was purchased and converted from sheep, to two Dairy Units and a Dry Stock Unit.

Rakaia Island

• Four dairy units + wintering runoff
• 2000ha
• 2017/2018: Over 2.5 million kgMS
• 34 full-time staff
• 5500 KiwiCross cows
• 2000 young stock – KiwiCross

Woodstock

• Two dairy units + dry stock unit
• 900ha
• 2017/2018: Over 1 million kgMS
• 20 full-time staff
• 3000 KiwiCross cows
• 2500 young stock – KiwiCross

PEOPLE
PEOPLE
PEOPLE
PASTURE
PASTURE
PASTURE
COWS
COWS
COWS
ENVIRONMENT
ENVIRONMENT
ENVIRONMENT
IRRIGATION
IRRIGATION
IRRIGATION
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  • I like that it is family owned… Everybody is valued and there’s loyalty to the people in their business.

    Jared Porter Unit Manager, Dairy 1

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