Pastoral 21

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 […]

Life cycle analyses

Dr Stewart Ledgard leads a team of researchers active in the new area of application of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to agricultural systems and products. The research focuses on determining the total resource use (energy, water, nutrients) and environmental emissions (affecting air and water quality) throughout the life cycle of a system or product. In […]

Farmax helps high performers excel

A tool that helps ambitious farmers get the most out of their businesses is making its mark after expanding into the dairy sector. Farmax is a unique farm planning software tool which was developed by AgResearch in the late ’80s to help sheep and beef farmers make informed decisions on how to develop their businesses. […]

Dairy research and innovation boost

Research and innovation in New Zealand’s most valuable export industry received a significant boost today with the signing of an agreement between The University of Auckland, industry-good body DairyNZ, farmer cooperative LIC (Livestock Improvement Corporation) and New Zealand’s largest Crown Research Institute  AgResearch. The agreement establishes a Joint Graduate School in Dairy Research and Innovation […]

A scientific world first at AgResearch

AgResearch scientists have bred the first cow in the world to produce high protein milk that may be hypo-allergenic. The work by scientists at AgResearch’s Ruakura campus has been published in the current edition of the prestigious American science journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).  Daisy ​“This is tremendously significant,” says AgResearch […]