OVERSEER’s significant contribution to New Zealand agriculture 

“OVERSEER is a tool that has given a great deal to the agriculture sector and will keep giving for the foreseeable future,” says Caroline Read the General Manager of OVERSEER. “It’s a gift that keeps giving,” she says. This follows the release of an independent valuation report prepared by Hamilton-based agricultural economist Phil Journeaux entitled […]

Prestigious scholarship for Māori student

Prestigious scholarship for Māori student

A Lincoln University Master’s student has been awarded a prestigious scholarship that aims to increase Māori participation in the fisheries and aquaculture industries. Roxanne Lloyd, who is studying towards a Master of Applied Science in Environmental Management, received the Rona Scholarship at the recent 2015 Ngā Whetū Hei Whai: Charting Pathways for Māori Industry Future […]

NZ gluten-free boom prompts new testing service

NZ gluten-free boom prompts new testing service

Hill Laboratories technologist, Sam Marengo, was appointed to develop the ELISA gluten testing methodology at Hill Laboratories. New Zealand’s largest privately owned testing laboratory, Hill Laboratories, has announced it is offering a gluten testing service with the fastest turnaround-time in the Country. The company has introduced the service in response to the rapid increase in […]

Hot topics in the paddock

Hot topics in the paddock

Over 200 farmers and rural professionals turned up for a third Farm Focus Day at Owl Farm this week to take part in sessions dealing with topics relevant right now to the struggling dairy industry. Visitors to the St Peter’s School and Lincoln University Demonstration Dairy Farm in Cambridge heard from Demonstration Manager Doug Dibley […]

NZ Merino inks $8 million contract to supply US-based SmartWool

NZ Merino inks $8 million contract to supply US-based SmartWool

The New Zealand Merino Company, which markets the nation’s wool to customers on behalf of suppliers, has inked an $8 million one year deal to supply 600 tonnes of New Zealand fine and medium micron wool to US sock and apparel manufacturer SmartWool. NZ Merino aims to boost sheep grower returns from wool through supply agreements with […]

Industry invests in farming women

Industry invests in farming women

From left: UYFB facilitiator Justine Kidd, AWDT executive director Lindy Nelson and facilitator Sam Orsborn at one of the UYFB pilot programmes held in 2014. A programme to improve on-farm performance and profitability of sheep and beef farmers by developing the business skills of farming women is being funded by the Red Meat Profit Partnership […]

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 […]

Waikato Innovation Park receives $3M to ramp up value-added food production

Waikato Innovation Park receives $3M to ramp up value-added food production

The Waikato Innovation Park has received a $3 million equity injection from Callaghan Innovation. It will use the funds to kick off a $5.0 million expansion of its FoodWaikato spray drying facility this month. At full capacity, the new manufacturing capability is expected to inject an additional $38.5 million per year in export revenues back […]

Upskilling one strategy to cope with lower payout

Upskilling one strategy to cope with lower payout

With the announcement of a drop in Fonterra’s forecast milk solid payout, there’s an urgent need for farmers to review and revise budgets and to monitor cashflow going forward, to ensure debt levels don’t rise unnecessarily. Agribusiness management training is one way that farmers can address these issues and apply better management practices to their […]