A chance to pocket from Rockit

Syndicate agricultural investor MyFarm is moving into apples, looking for $13 million from investors to set up Rockit apple orchards.

Made French style in Oamaru

A chance find of suspicious mould in hay on a Fairlie beef farm has led to the discovery of a new blue cheese culture for Oamaru-based Whitestone Cheese.

 
Lincoln Agritech group manager environmental research, Blair Miller, holds a prototype of Agritech’s real-time optical nitrate sensor beside the sampling bores at the Lincoln University Dairy Farm that have been used in the device’s development.

Lincoln Agritech has unveiled an advanced optical nitrate sensor for groundwater which it says will bring a paradigm shift in New Zealand’s groundwater management.

 
Samuel Anderson, Lely Dairy NZ.

The decision by Lely NZ’s parent company Lely to sell its grass machinery division to AGCO and concentrate on dairy technology, particularly robotic milking, has brought about changes in New Zealand and Australia.

The New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management (NZIPIM) has appointed Craig Osborne as its new president.

The disruptive forces facing New Zealand agriculture could mean a tough future for livestock farming, says the new president of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management (NZIPIM).

Mark Piper.

Fonterra has been asking its staff how it could do things differently and how it could disrupt itself, says Mark Piper, the co-op’s director of group R&D.

New Zealand's provenance story is not always based on clean and green; often it relates to the friendliness of the people, says Mark Piper, Fonterra’s director group R&D.

Modelling done by the European Community shows that its agriculture would be little affected by a free trade agreement with New Zealand, says John Ballingall of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.

Of the top five countries New Zealand trades with, it only has trade deals with two, an ExportNZ conference has heard.

Despite challenges from competing land use and a drop in the national deer herd, the industry is well positioned to fulfil New Zealand’s goal to provide high quality protein products to the world’s best-heeled consumers.

A planting day on a farm at Kokopu, Northland, this month saw the first of 20,000 plants put in the ground to help local efforts to improve water quality.

Lincoln University's transfer of its Telford agricultural training operation at Balclutha to Wairarapa-based Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre has been completed, on the payment of a token $1 for the campus and other assets.

 

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