Friday, 04 November 2016 14:58

Masterclass had lessons for all sectors

Written by 
Winegrower Duncan McFarlane says there’s been plenty to learn from the other sectors. Winegrower Duncan McFarlane says there’s been plenty to learn from the other sectors.

Despite being the only winegrower in the Rabobank Master Class this year, New Zealander Duncan McFarlane says there’s been plenty to learn from the other sectors.

McFarlane, of the Indevin Group in Marlborough, says one issue that everyone is focused on is sustainability.

“We are very fortunate in the wine industry in New Zealand that the economy of the industry is in a strong phase with good growth prospects,” McFarlane told Rural News at the Rabobank Farm2Fork summit at Cockatoo Island in Sydney yesterday.

“Not many of the industries that are represented here globally are in that cycle.

“That is a reminder that we might think we are in a good part of the cycle now – that won’t last forever.

“Also there is the issue of as the industry expands – how we expand sustainably – we need to bear that in mind. There are a lot of industries here that are a lot older and they have already gone a long way down the path that some of the development they did was not sustainable and they are now having to deal with it.”

One example was in Brazil with soil fertility.

The 50-strong Master Class is now travelling to New Zealand.

The Farm2Fork Summit brought together agribusiness leaders, farmers including about 100 from New Zealand, food and agri start-ups, technology innovators, investors and others in a one day event at Sydney’s Cockatoo Island yesterday.

The invitation only with about 1000 participants focused on innovation and the food and agri trends of the future.

It also featured a FoodBytes! Programme designed to showcase innovative and ground-breaking concepts in food and agriculture to potential investors.

About four or five New Zealand farmers are involved in this year’s Master Class along with leading farmers from around the world including North America, the Netherlands, Ireland, South America and Africa.

They travel to New Zealand today where they will visit the Te Whenua Hou farming development and be welcomed to New Zealand by Hayley Moynihan, General Manager Country Banking NZ at Rabobank. Saturday’s highlights will include looking at pork production at Patoa Farms.

On Sunday they will look at precision agriculture with Methven Greenvale Pastures, Three Springs Dairies Ltd and Agri Optics NZ Ltd then look at ‘Going green while staying out of the red’ by Ben Todhunter, sheep & beef farmer, co-owner of Cleardale Station Ltd They will also be hosted by Grant and Ele Ludemann at Winslow Farm.

On Monday they will look at dairy including a visit to Synlait and look at dairy price volatility by Tim Hunt, general manager Food & Agri Research at Rabobank, with addresses by a number of other dairy experts.

Tuesday’s activities include a look at Icebreaker.

More like this

Supply chain mayhem!

Dairy

Global dairy commodity prices presented a mixed bag in April 2022, as weaker demand has begun to appear.

A defining year ahead!

The coming year is looming as a defining one for New Zealand farming, according to Rabobank agricultural analyst Genevieve Steven.

China lockdowns hit dairy demand

Covid restrictions in China are likely to slightly dampen milk powder imports into that country, according to Stefan Vogel, Rabobank research general manager for Australia and New Zealand.

Future peachy for NZ kiwifruit

A recent global report says the outlook for the NZ kiwifruit sector remains strong due to expanding kiwifruit consumption in Asia, the EU and the US.

National

FMD scare puts NZ on watch

A recent outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) in Indonesia has the NZ agriculture sector and its officials on…

Public round up on glyphosate

The country's environmental regulator agency has released the public feedback it has received on the glyphosate weed killer - commonly…

New bee Guy!

Former Agriculture Minister Nathan Guy will take over as the independent chair of Apiculture New Zealand (ApiNZ).

Machinery & Products

A new approach to apprenticeships

By taking a new approach to its apprenticeship programme, agricultural equipment supplier Norwood says it is ensuring farmers’ machinery will…

Buck-Rake does the job

With many self-propelled forage harvester manufacturers offering machines hitting 1000hp, the bottleneck in any harvesting system is always likely to…

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Yeah, right!

OPINION: Your old mate reckons recent ‘research’ carried out by consultants PWC – claiming that ‘actively managed carbon forestry’ creates…

All Claas!

OPINION: Your canine crusader - like many in the sector probably would have - raised an eyebrow when he heard…

» Connect with Rural News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter