Proudly Farming

The old saying - actions speak louder than words - couldn’t be more apt when it comes to AB Lime.

With our own on-site dairy farm we truly know and understand our customers.

Being as emotionally and financially invested as our customers ensures greater insight into the daily trials and tribulations associated with farming.

Farm Facts

Find out more about the AB Lime's innovative dairy farm.

Farm size: 374 hectares

Stock Units: Wintering 980 cows and Milking 950

Milking system: AB Lime operates an 80 bale rotary milking system

Farm manager: Mitchel Smith

Milk solids: 450 average milk solids per cow

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Balance across the board

From the start our aim has always been to ensure we do what we do well - now and into the future.

In many stages this has not been easy to achieve and has meant that we have worked hard to refine and develop this thinking over time to one where profit is secondary to happy, healthy staff.

The outcome is the realisation that balance affects all parts of our business - not only in regards to animal health and the stewardship of natural resources but also the economic viability of farming and the wider community as a whole. 

Our farm management plan addresses a number of key issues, including people-focused rostering, good winter crop practices, water and waterway management, soil health through to animal health.

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Maximising Animal Health

Animal health is vital in relation to a farm’s sustainability practices. Poor animal health impacts on the profitability of a farm through loss in productivity as well as impacting on cost structure and placing additional pressure on staff resources. On farm one of our key practices is the use of knaprock on all our farm tracks.


  • Poor laneways and tracks impact on a cow’s hoof health with stone bruising, leading to lameness and loss of income.
  • Being the same product as our ag-lime range AB Lime knaprock offers an ideal footing surface.
  • Laid at 125 – 150mm thick and properly compacted, knaprock will help to eliminate most hoof problems and ensure easier, faster access to and from your dairy shed.
  • In addition to laneway, knaprock is also ideal for feedpads and silage pit areas - reducing the presence and build up of mud and debris, often associated with Southland conditions.
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Blending for Animal Health

Our blending plant can also blend in an array of trace elements to help you meet animal health requirements with products including:

  • Copper
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium.

Tell us what you need and we can custom blend, accordingly.

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Mitchel Smith

Farm Manager

Mitch has progressed from 2IC to farm manager is his short time with AB Lime.

He has a passion for building a strong team dynamic and ensuring the optimum in animal health and welfare.