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 […]

The effectiveness of effluent management

AgResearch’s Dr David Houlbrooke is leading some of the research into why the same effluent management practices can produce good results on some farms but poor ones on others. The management of dairy effluent in New Zealand has typically involved the daily collection of wash down effluent to a concrete sump and then applying it […]

Pastoral 21 venture to boost productivity and reduce environmental impacts

Pastoral 21 is a collaborative venture involving DairyNZ, Fonterra, the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.  Designed to boost farm productivity and reduce environmental impacts, the programme, which began in 2007, is now well into its second phase, and has seen teams […]

DairyNZ FVI building to a world-class resource for farmers

DairyNZ in conjunction with the New Zealand Plant Breeding and Research Association have developed an online forage evaluation system to provide an estimated profit index, called the DairyNZ Forage Value Index (DairyNZ FVI). Launched in 2012 the DairyNZ FVI provides a source of independent, economically-based information on ryegrass cultivar performance in New Zealand dairy systems for farmers […]