To create a financially secure group of businesses that allows all participants to thrive – and continues to sustainably serve communities for generations to come.
Camden Group owns and operates large-scale dairy farms on the Central Canterbury Plains, around 60km south of Christchurch in New Zealand.
6,500 cows are farmed on 2,800 hectares, employing around 40 full time staff.
New Zealand’s unique environment is reflected in the quality of the milk produced here – we’re surrounded by clean air and water and sunshine, which is an ideal climate for growth.
We farm the way nature intended, with our cows grazing on lush pastures.
But you know what really gets us excited? Being a part of the journey to build and grow our people, our community, our industry and our environment. It’s all part of The Camden Way.
Milking began in August 1994 with 500 cows.
Willsden goes dairy
A 97ha area was used as support land for the dairy operations.
Prairie & Chiswick join the family
120ha was added to Willsden to increase its size to 417ha, which enabled the dairy farm area to be increased to 306ha milking 1,050 cows.
280ha of the land formed Prairie Farm, milking 1,000 cows.
250ha formed Chiswick Farm, used as support land providing feed and grazing for the three dairy farms.
Te Pirita expansion
Converted to the dairy support unit for winter feed and silage production for the Group.
Camden Group moves into Methven
Highveld will milk 1,100 cows in the first season.
Growing with our people.
We encourage learning and development opportunities for our staff, and do what we can to support them on their career path.
Our culture embraces the pride we have in what we do and who we are.
"Environmental sustainability is one of the key tranches to our business.
"We are here as custodians of the land, so a critical part in all aspects of our farming system is ensuring we are working sustainably."
Leo Donkers, Camden Group Co-Founder
We're proud of our progress.
But we've got more to do.
Our community is engaged with the Group more than ever, and we have expanded our ventures to support the growth of our people.
We’re leveraging technology to provide smarter ways to guide our operations. And, we’re designing more efficient practices and closely integrating with providers to support sustainable and innovative dairy farming in New Zealand.
Interested in joining us?