A three-year research project to try to discover whether grass-fed Wagyu beef has significant health benefits is in its final stages.
Agricultural software company Farmax Ltd is now 100% owned by state-owned AgResearch.
The SOE says it has acquired the shares of Brownrigg Agriculture, and Phil Tither, of AgFirst.
Dairy farmers and calf rearers will in a few months be flat-out dealing with new life on farms. AgResearch scientist Dr Sue McCoard and colleagues are working on adding valuable science and data to this important task.
State-owned AgResearch says it is working on developing new methods to detect diseases like Mycoplasma bovis hidden at very low levels in livestock.
Livestock monocultures and inappropriate drenching practices are helping raise internal parasite resistance to triple combination drenches, says AgResearch.
Imposing changes on farming without considering wider issues such as economic and community impacts could cause unforeseen problems out ahead, says Robyn Dynes, science impact leader, AgResearch.
Using an alternative plant type like plantain in grazed pastures could help lower a farm’s greenhouse gas emissions, AgResearch scientists have found.
The sheep milk industry has made huge strides in the last four years, says Massey University associate professor Craig Prichard.
AgResearch says it has developed world-leading sensors to better understand how nitrogen is being excreted by cows, and so how best to tackle its effects on the environment.