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 […]

The great Kiwi earthworm survey

AgResearch scientists are seeking farmer help to gain a better understanding of the distribution of one of the little known heroes of New Zealand agricultural production. Earthworms play a vital role in the soil by decomposing organic matter, making nutrients available to plants and creating burrows in the soil to improve the movement of air […]

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, […]

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 […]

AgResearch scientist gains Professorship at Lincoln University

Science collaboration at Lincoln has been strengthened with the appointment of AgResearch Principal Scientist in the Land and Environment Science Group Richard McDowell as a Professor within the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Lincoln University. The position is part-time (0.2 of a full time equivalent) with the balance of his work remaining with […]

Reducing nitrogen losses from Lake Rotorua dairy farms

Farm productivity and profitability and a healthy environment are not mutually exclusive. Tanira Kingi from AgResearch’s Land and Environment Group, along with Stewart Ledgard and the Nutrient Management and Environmental Footprinting team, has been working with dairy farmers in the Lake Rotorua catchment area for the past three years, measuring and modelling different nitrogen applications […]

Greenhouse gas mitigation options for Māori pastoral farmers

The New Zealand agricultural industry is commited to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, to meet its requirements under the Kyoto Protocol. But for some farmers it can be a challenge to balance economic and environmental concerns. Farmers want to remain profitable, but increasing farm production can increase greenhouse gas emissions, which has implications for global warming […]

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 […]