[9 October/ Rural News Group]

Beef and Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) plan to establish a Future Farm to trial new technologies and farm systems. These trials are part of B+LNZ’s strategy to support farming excellence and increase farm productivity and profitability. The farm will be a sheep and beef property with around 6,000 stock units and will function as a commercial livestock farming business and feature advanced monitoring, measuring and communications technologies. B+LNZ General Manager Innovation, Richard Wakelin, said the likely model would be a lease property or a partnership with an existing farmer. However, the company welcomes ideas. Mr Wakelin said the aim is for farmers to observe, learn, and assess the feasibility of how new technologies tested on the Future Farm might be applied in their situation. B+LNZ is working with agribusiness company AbacusBio to establish the project, and an innovation and advisory team will be created to guide implementation.