Calling loaddata in a migration will work until you modify the model's 
fields. You can read more on Trac:

On Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 12:09:49 PM UTC-5, Tom Evans wrote:
> Hi all 
> We're moving a project over to the latest release (well, we're at 1.7 
> now, but that's the end goal anyway) and replacing South migrations 
> with Django migrations. 
> It looks like that fixtures are no longer thought of as the correct 
> way of providing initial data. Is this because Run{SQL,Python} can 
> have "reverse" instructions included, or is it some other reason? I 
> couldn't see anything pertinent in the docs. 
> Given that we have an existing project and fixture files, is it very 
> bad and wrong to simply have a data migration that runs loaddata on 
> our required fixtures? It would not be reversible, but it would be 
> massively simpler. 
> Cheers 
> Tom 

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