Emma Higgins, Rabobank.

New Zealand dairy farmers can look forward to a good season in 2017-18, after having enjoyed the fruits of improved commodity prices much earlier than their global counterparts.

Worksafe New Zealand Safer Farms ambassador Richard Loe with Worksafe inspector Tiffany Boyle at the Worksafe stand at the 2017 South Island Agricultural Field Days at Kirwee.

Farmers who resent the attention of WorkSafe inspectors in their workplaces should remember that more people still die on NZ farms each year than are prosecuted for safety breaches.

 
 
Peter Gilbert.

Dairy farmer Peter Gilbert is the new president of the Canterbury A&P Association for 2017. He was elected at the annual meeting, replacing Warrick James.

Nathan Guy.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is welcoming new figures forecasting that primary exports will reach $37.5 billion for the year ending June 2017.

 
Rabobank New Zealand general manager for Country Banking, Hayley Moynihan.

2017 has begun on a positive note for the country’s farmers with rural confidence levels edging up, primarily driven by signs of renewed optimism among horticulturalists and sheep and beef producers.

Deosan chief executive Kip Bodle.

Research at the universities of Otago and Auckland is aimed at developing and field testing new teat sanitising products within two-three years, to control bovine mastitis.

 Rebecca Phillips uses sterile techniques in the laboratory to quantify chemical and biological production of N2O and N2.

New Zealand and American scientists have discovered a previously unknown way of chemically converting reactive nitrogen, common in soil and water, into a safe form rather than a harmful greenhouse gas.

NZTE’s Lisa Marcroft.

Opportunity for New Zealand agritech products and services, particularly dairy, is presenting in a number of developing markets, says NZ Trade and Enterprise customer manager Lisa Marcroft.

The first year Bay of Plenty Trevelyans Pack and Cool store introduced ‘lean manufacturing’ it saved the company about $340,000, says managing director James Trevelyan.

A milestone 55 years in the making was passed in a split-second: with one clamp of a tag punch LIC tagged its 10,000th sire proving scheme (SPS) bull calf.

The first year Bay of Plenty Trevelyans Pack and Cool store introduced ‘lean manufacturing’ it saved the company about $340,000, says managing director James Trevelyan.

Owl Farm, a partnership between St Peters School Cambridge and Lincoln University, strives to demonstrate best practice in dairy farming and to encourage young people into the industry.

 

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