Research into mutant sheep with the naturally occurring trait of straight rather than crimped wool may lead to new potential for wool, says AgResearch scientist Jeff Plowman.
Parasites in sheep will become more of a problem for New Zealand farmers as temperatures rise with climate change, says AgResearch principal scientist John McEwan.
AgResearch scientists are looking into how common pests in New Zealand are fighting back against traditional measures to control them – and whether it all comes back to evolution.
The recent New Zealand Grassland Association “packed” its annual conference with papers promising productivity gains and environmental solutions for pastoral farmers, the organisers say.
New Zealand's regulations on genetically modified agriculture are “not fit for purpose,” says South Canterbury farmer and national president of Federated Farmers, William Rolleston.
A free online tool used in the fight against invasive pests and weeds is experiencing a surge in new interest as farmers seek to ward off infestations that can mean millions of dollars in lost earnings.
The New Zealand Grassland Association’s 78th annual conference last week was packed with papers promising productivity gains and environmental solutions for pastoral farmers.