New international science links to benefit New Zealand

New relationships forged between AgResearch and key overseas science organisations will provide a host of valuable opportunities for New Zealand, says Chief Executive Tom Richardson. “The first is a new strategic partnership involving organisations from three other countries, where we can share our scientific gains and better grasp the opportunities that come along,” Dr Richardson […]

Work underway at Southern Dairy Hub

Leaders in government, the local dairy industry and the science community have gathered to mark progress at the site of the new Southern Dairy Hub. Work is underway to convert the site – at Makarewa, just north of Invercargill – from a sheep farm and a beef farm into a working dairy farm and centre […]

Novel new research into animal parasites

A new AgResearch science project, believed to be the first of its kind in the world, will investigate the potential of tricking animal parasite larvae to shed their protective shell (a process called ‘exsheathing’) on pasture so they die rather than being ingested by animals. This work is possible with the announcement of two year, […]

AgResearch success in MBIE funding round

Scientists at AgResearch have secured $10.95 million for six new research projects over the next three years that will benefit farmers, exporters and the wider community. The funding came from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) 2015 science investment round announced by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce last week. AgResearch Chief Executive […]

International interest in NZ TB test

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention. Principal Scientist Professor Bryce Buddle says it is early days yet, but they have encouraging preliminary results from a trial which shows the potential for a more accurate and cost-effective diagnostic test in the battle against bovine TB. “The current test used […]

Shortlist of five holds key to reduced methane emissions from livestock

AgResearch scientists have identified five different animal-safe compounds that can reduce methane emissions from sheep and cattle by 30 to 90%. Results from animal trials were presented at the 2015 New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Conference held in Palmerston North on 28 April. Principal scientist Dr Peter Janssen, who co-ordinates the methane research programme, […]

Dairy sheep – a new frontier?

A strong turnout at the recent sheep dairying conference in Palmerston North has boosted interest in this emerging industry. The FoodHQ Ewe Milk Products and Sheep Dairying conference attracted 160 delegates and included farmers, consultants, agricultural industry representatives, scientists and staff from the Ministry for Primary Industries and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. AgResearch […]