Agri-technology

Time to get data-smarter

[31 July/The Country] CEO of LIC, Wayne McNee states that insights from big data are key to New Zealand farming keeping its global edge. Mr McNee reports that the next era of farming starts with taking full advantage of data and that the country needs a full ecosystem of information and analytics to support farmers...

Fingerprinting food

(15 July/Farmers Weekly) A machine at AgResearch is helping scientists uncover the unique footprint of food. AgResearch’s Rapid Evaporative Ionisation Mass Spectrometer (REIMS) can now perform tests on meat samples and give back results within seconds, as opposed to over an hour using the previous technology. The results it give back have a variety in...

Tech journey discussed

(17 July/Rural Life) Tina and Duncan Mackintosh, who farm at White Rock Mains in Canterbury recently talked about their experience with technology to improve their farm systems at the recent Beef + Lamb New Zealand FarmSmart conference. The couple talked about when they introduced EID tags in 2007 to the farm which led them to...

Should NZ embrace gene editing?

(17 July/Rural news) Former NZ High Commissioner and Speaker of Parliament Sir Lockwood Smith, recently spoke at the Federated Farmers of how New Zealand is missing out on an opportunity to deal with climate change and emissions by holding out on gene editing. Smith reported that gene editing is a safe process that alters the...

Investing in the dairy herd

(15 July/Farmer Weekly) A new seven-year dairy programme called Resilient Dairy: Innovative Breeding for a Sustainable Future was launched at Fieldays. The programme will see $25.68 million invested into improving the health and wellbeing of the national dairy herd. The programme is being led by Livestock Improvement Corporation with investment from the Ministry for Primary...

The Government is looking to shake-up New Zealand’s $1.5 billion agritech sector

[2 July/The Country] The Government wants to make the $1.5 billion agritech sector even more profitable, announcing plans to bolster innovation and productivity in the industry. Acting Economic Development Minister David Parker reported there was huge potential to evolve the agriculture sector by focusing on agritech – a technology first approach to agriculture. The reported,...

How agri-tech innovation in NZ can help solve the world’s most pressing problems

[21 June/Stuff NZ] Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Finistere Ventures, run by Kiwi Arama Kukutai looks for agri-tech solutions to global problems. The company is looking for innovations that disrupt sectors. They are currently doing some work around molecular proteins and in algal protein production as well as trying to find innovations to help prevent...

Visualisation tool enables landowners to see farms of the future

[10 June/Stuff NZ] Dunedin-based Animation Research has joined forces with Crown research institute AgResearch to turn data into a visualisation of potential land use change, helping landowners with decision-making. The technology will be shown for the first time at the National Fieldays in Hamilton. The ‘’hyper farm’’ will help landowners to visualise their landscapes under...

Business using blockchain, invisible ink to protect manuka honey

[17 April/Stuff NZ]   Jars of manuka honey are being marked with invisible ink and tracked with block chain technology in an effort to keep counterfeit products off the market. Manuka honey has become such a precious commodity forcing producers to implement high-tech methods to prevent imitation. Midlands Apiaries, has introduced this technology on its...

Federated Farmers: Greens won’t even talk about genetic engineering potential

[30 April/The Country] Federated Farmers are disappointed that the greens will not even consider genetic engineering as a solution to some of the country’s most pressing environmental issues. An example of an issues that would benefit is methane emissions from cattle which could benefit from gene-editing. The Greens have stated that they will not even...

Global shift to managing sheep individually

[26 April/The Country] Jon Hickford, Professor in Animal Breeding and Genetics at Lincoln University has reported that there is a global shift to managing sheep at an individual level rather than a flock level. Professor Hickford stated that permanent EID tags and scanner technology has allowed the recording of an individual animal’s performance and production...

Jersey New Zealand conference to have virtual auction

[20 April/NZ Herald] A virtual auction, called Jersey New Zealand’s Jersey Pride auction, will take place at Forsyth Barr Stadium next month for 20 elite jersey cattle via PowerPoint presentations. Jersey New Zealand general manager Pam Goodin reported that the breed society was holding its annual conference and meeting at the Scenic Circle Southern Cross...

Tags keep track of stock

[17 April/Farmers Weekly] Queensland-based company MOOvement has developed a GPS ear tag weighing 35 grams which updates location every hour and has a built in solar panel for recharging the battery. The tags are designed to last five years and if lost can be tracked through the GPS. It allows the ability to track stolen...

Anzco automates

[05 April/.Farmers Weekly] Anzcos automated cutting project worth $10 million is now in full production at the Rangitikei meat processing plant in the lower North Island. This new equipment replaced five band saws, and has improved accuracy on x-ray pictures allowing an extra 5mm of meat to be retained on French racks, adding significant value. ...

ClearTech an effluent game-changer

[29 March/Farmers Weekly] Ravensdown have reported  its new ClearTech dairy effluent treatment system will allow two-thirds of the water used daily to wash farm milking yards to be recycled. The system removes up to 99 percent of E coli and phosphorus from the raw effluent water while cutting nitrogen concentration by about 70 percent. ClearTech’s...

UK farmers, at the bottom of the food chain, turn to technology to make some money

[25 March/Stuff NZ] As UK farmers gear up for the upcoming lambing season many are turning to technology to sell their stock. UK sheep farmer Gordon Wyeth is one turning to digital platforms to sell his stock. Wyeth reports that a lot of farmers don’t have the time or money to be attending markets every...

‘Helicropping’ could take off

[25 March/Rural News] In a recent trial, ‘no-till’ heli-cropping may be the future solution to preventing soil erosion. The aerial ‘no-till’ approach means that farmers can establish crops and re-new pasture without touching the ground or disturbing the soil. Sustainable Helicropping Group Chairman, Colin Armer reported results from the $1 million project show potential to...

Less milk wasted

[22 March/Rural Life] Christchurch start-up CertusBio has been recognised at an Australian agricultural technology event for its technology aiming to minimising waste in the food processing industry. CertusBio use a biosensor device to monitor parameters such as fat and lactose content in industrial food processing wastewater. This allows operators to make adjustments in real-time to...

Kiwi dairy tech helps Chinese farms growth

[22 March/Farmers Weekly] A dairy unit 400 kilometres southwest of Beijing is using Waikato Milking Systems technology. The Leyuan dairy farm in Hebei province comprises six units milking at least 3000 cows each. It is owned by a processing company aiming to roll out another five units over the coming five years to take its...

Canterbury farmer credits advances in technology with revolutionising farming

[21 March/Stuff NZ] North Canterbury Farmer Mike Smith reports that advances in technology have revolutionised farming and he hope he will be able to pass on his legacy to his daughters. Mr Smith says that technology has been able to improve land production, due to the increased information available to him on soil types, fertility...

UK agricultural sector eyeing farming opportunities in NZ

[16 March/Radio NZ] A UK delegation of representatives from the agricultural sector have been on a tour of New Zealand with the intention of collaborating with NZ to create new farming technology. Duncan Forbes, Project Manager of the UK’s Agri-EPI Centre reported that both the UK and New Zealand face similar farming challenges, particularly to...

As labour shortage bites, app aims to hook growers up with workers

[13 March/Stuff NZ] Genevieve Griffin-George, a Tasman Entrepreneur and Founder of PICMI is helping horticulturalists find workers in the current shortage. PICMI a cloud-based software designed to simplify the employment process for agricultural seasonal staff. The software was developed last year as part of the Xcelerate programme where Genevieve Griffin-George’s idea was picked as one...

High-tech spraying for orchards

[15 March/Rural News] FMR Group has released a 3-row sprayer specifically for orchard spraying in its new O-series. The sprayer has been created through adaptation of the base technology found in the V-series.  The O-Series uses key technologies common to all FMR sprayers, The Weber tangential fan minimises spray drift by producing a full-length ‘curtain’...

New technology will help

[08 February/Rural News] A new report states primary industries may be able to use blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to help capture high-value niches. They can connect the sector more directly to consumers through supply chain innovations. Callaghan Innovation and blockchain venture studio Centrality commissioned the report which is written by author Joshua Vial. The...