Woollen carpets, clothing may help ocean

As global concern grows about pollution of our oceans and effects on marine life and seafood, AgResearch is studying how different materials break down in the water to help keep consumers informed. Studies indicate that microfibres (up to 5mm in size)...... Read More

Sports academy poised for Term 2 launch

Athletes realise that if at first you don’t succeed, you get back up and do it all again. That is what United World Sports Academy is doing with its Ministry of Education approval. “We’ve had a challenging time getting all of the required...... Read More

New era packhouse takes shape at The Lakes

The most efficient and technologically advanced greenfield packhouse to be built in the Bay of Plenty for years is now nearing completion at The Lakes near Tauranga. The leading-edge facility, built by Mount Pack & Cool Ltd (known as Mpac), is described...... Read More

Great NZ avocado stories to tell in Chinese market

Following an audit in January by Chinese officials, the Katikati-based specialist avocado service provider, Just Avocados Ltd, was given the green light to explore the new market. Just Avocados GM operations and grower services, Jarrod Redwood, says...... Read More

Artificial intelligence – time for mind-set change?

Technology leaders from across the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors will be among the keynote speakers and delegates at this year’s MobileTECH event held in Rotorua from March 27-28. Now in its sixth year, MobileTECH is the only...... Read More

China - market for premium-quality, larger fruit

Exports of New Zealand avocados to China have been approved and now Avoco is finalising plans for its first commercial shipment later this year. It’s likely that Avoco, New Zealand’s largest export supply group for avocados, will send a minimum...... Read More

Hey - how about helping out?

The devastating effect of four months of continual rain last year left farmers in difficulty due to a lack of growth. Well, it finally stopped raining and smiles appeared all round ... except it didn’t rain again for more than 40 days. This was...... Read More

Family involvement makes job a dream for Katy

Managing one of the world’s most innovative sheep farms focused on breeding a superior milking ewe is the dream job for Katy Day. What makes it even more fantastic is the fact that she and husband Jason can share every aspect of their farming lives...... Read More

Driving ‘on the edge’ to improve safety skills

Feeling the fear, and not tipping over the edge – that was part of the experience for those involved in courses to learn the safe operation of light utility vehicles on orchards. Conducted by Andrew Simpson of Carnz Training Ltd in association...... Read More

Keeping pests and diseases out an ongoing battle

The kiwifruit industry has learned to live with Psa-V but still faces significant threats from other pests and diseases, says Stu Hutchings who takes up the role as chief executive of Kiwifruit Vine Health this month. “The focus is on continuing...... Read More

Social tensions may work in meat’s favour

New Zealand can use consumer concerns about food and farming systems to demonstrate a strong point of difference for its grass-fed, natural red meat products, says Nick Beeby, general manager, Marketing Development, Beef + Lamb New Zealand. “New...... Read More

How to bring your best to all of life's relationships

To be human is to be in relationships. We can’t survive without them, but it’s in relationships that we can so easily get unravelled. Some relationships just seem to do us in. Either we feel like we lose ourselves or feel burnt out from futile...... Read More

Five-point wish list a reality – 10 years on

Ten years ago, while looking for a new challenge, Catriona and Mark White compiled a five-point list to guide them on a quest to create an improved lifestyle for their young family. “We didn’t know where we wanted to live in New Zealand,...... Read More

New clover pest now widespread in NZ

A red clover pest first formally identified in New Zealand just 16 months ago has now been found right across the country. FAR seed research manager Richard Chynoweth says the red clover case bearer moth (Coleophora deauratella) was discovered in Auckland...... Read More

Record temperatures challenge livestock and farmers

With New Zealand experiencing record-breaking heatwaves this summer, AgResearch scientists say farmed animals can be susceptible and the pressure is on farmers to manage it. The extreme temperatures across the country include the hottest recorded temperature...... Read More

FAR appoints new CEO

Internationally-recognised scientist with specialist knowledge in the area of plant protection, Dr Alison Stewart has been appointed the new CEO of the Foundation for Arable Research. FAR board chair David Birkett says Dr Stewart, who is currently general...... Read More

Fascinating facts about avocado fruit set

Fruit set is the process in which flowers become fruit. The seed develops and the surrounding tissue grows to form a berry. Yes, as strange as it may seem, the avocado fruit is botanically classified as a berry. Fruit set is a stressful time for...... Read More

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