AgriTech

’Sky’s the limit’ for agritech startup

[24 June/Rural Life] Managing director Aaron Furrer and Brand Manager Sammi Stewart of Next Farm recently exhibited at National Fieldays at Mystery Creek in the innovation hub. At the event,  they had their first meeting as one of the three winners of the 2019 Startup Dunedin Challenger Series which will include five months of mentoring...

Sheep focus of facial recognition

[17 June/Farmers Weekly] Former AgResearch employees Greg Peyroux and Benoit Auvray from Iris Data Science in Dunedin are looking at agricultural applications for artificial intelligence (AI) using visual imaging. Initial work is on using computers to accurately analyse images to recognise and identify the faces of individual sheep and the pasture composition of quality species...

Robotics coming for New Zealand’s asparagus industry

[12 June/Stuff NZ] Robotic technology developed by Waikato University may one day end the back breaking, labour intensive task of harvesting asparagus. The University has developed a conceptual robot that uses sensors to ‘read’ the asparagus and a robotic arm to pick the vegetable. While it cannot detect food quality, the university’s researchers said labour...

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. ...

Palmerston North company’s automatic cow feeder at Central District Field Days

[11 March/Stuff NZ] Zeddy, a company producing an automatic supplementary feeder will be selling their product in Fielding at the Central District Field Days. The feeder scans a cow’s ear tag and then dispenses a tailor made diet. Feeders have been designed, trialled and manufactured in less than three years and designed to deliver dry...

Robotic shearing study to use 3D printed sheep

[11 March/The Country] A full-size merino sheep is to be used in a scoping study into robotic sheep shearing. The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has opened Australia’s most advanced 3D printing facility. ProtoSpace was launched to help grow advanced manufacturing in Australia by providing access to high-end equipment and expertise in 3D printing technology...

Manawatū’s AgTech Hackathon returns for 2019 Central Districts Field Days

[12 March/Stuff NZ] The annual Manawatū AgTech Hackathon is back as part of the Central Districts Field Days in Fielding this week. Engineers, farmers and IT professionals attempt to find solutions for agricultures greatest issues. Last year, Mitchell Coleman won the competition resulting in a job at Levno from his project creating a project focused...

Marlborough vineyards scare birds with drones

[08 March/Stuff NZ] Drones are being used in Marlborough vineyards in order to scare away birds. Many methods have been used as an attempt to scare away birds preventing vineyard damage in the past, with varying levels of success but drones are now being used to target particular spots that birds tend to attack. Berakah...

$1m injected in semen processing centre

[08 March/Rural News] LIC co-operative re-opened its semen process centre in Manawatu this week, after spending over $1 million to revamp it. The co-operative is the country’s largest supplier of artificial breeding services and dairy genetics. The renovations enable LIC to enhance its export capabilities as well as use the centre as a back-up to...