New pastures may be future weed threat

New pastures may be future weed threat

Breeding new fast-growing grass varieties that produce more seeds and are resistant to drought, pests, grazing and disease may inadvertently be creating the next generation of invasive weeds, warns an international team of researchers.  As the global demand for dairy and beef escalates, farmers are increasingly seeking ways to reap greater productivity from their pastures. […]

Industrial energy efficiency a full-time job

Industrial energy efficiency a full-time job

A PhD focused on increasing the energy efficiency of milk powder production has led University of Waikato engineering graduate Tim Walmsley to a full-time job with the very research group within which he worked as a PhD candidate. “My PhD research demonstrated that steam use in a typical New Zealand milk powder factory could decrease […]

Seeka sees annual profit growth of up to 11%, planning for beefed-up capacity

Seeka sees annual profit growth of up to 11%, planning for beefed-up capacity

Seeka Kiwifruit Industries, the country’s biggest kiwifruit grower, sees annual profit growth of up to 11 percent and is planning to expand its capacity in coming years as kiwifruit crops recover from the outbreak of the Psa-V vine disease. The Te Puke-based company forecasts net profit of between $2.6 million and $3 million in the […]

Agrichemical operators reminded about certification

Agrichemical operators reminded about certification

Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) has endorsed the warnings made recently by Waikato Regional Council (WRC) that agrichemical contractors operating without certification are breaching regulations. Chief executive Roger Parton says RCNZ shares the concerns WRC – and other regional councils – have about unqualified and/or unregistered chemical applicators not been properly trained or qualified to […]

Anticipating a fruitful show

Anticipating a fruitful show

 Exhibiting at a leading United States trade show is expected to deliver returns for fresh produce sorting and packaging specialists BBC Technologies which says the event has borne fruit for the company in the past. BBC is the world’s leading supplier of blueberry sorting and packing machinery and has growing markets for its high quality […]

Accreditation milestone for Synlait Milk

Accreditation milestone for Synlait Milk

Synlait Milk has become a registered manufacturer of retail-ready infant milk formula for export to China. The Canterbury company announced on September 30 it had received approval from the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China. Managing director John Penno said the latest registration was a major milestone for the business. It […]

Kiwifruit grower Seeka joins Psa class action against MPI

Kiwifruit grower Seeka joins Psa class action against MPI

Seeka Kiwifruit Industries, the country’s biggest kiwifruit grower, will join the $885 million class action against the Ministry for Primary Industries over the 2010 outbreak of Psa-V vine disease, seeking compensation for the devastation of golden kiwifruit crops in the Bay of Plenty. The Te Puke-based company estimates the Psa bacteria has cost it more […]

Foreign Asset Sales: Are they worth it?

Foreign Asset Sales: Are they worth it?

By Hayden Dillon The current sale of Lochinver Station and the wider debate around foreign investment in land assets (both rural and residential), has the issue of direct foreign investment in land at the top of the queue of hot issues. Much of the discussion has been emotive, and that is entirely legitimate, but it’s the […]