Posts tagged "Massey University"

How cow pee insights could help NZ tackle emissions

(14 July/The Country) It is now thought that urine patches could hide the secret to part of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions. Massey University researcher Nicholaas Portegys is investigating how the emissions from the patches behave in the soil and how the emissions may be captured and not leak into the environment. The patches of...

Dairy-beef product could help solve the bobby calf problem, Massey researchers say

[12 June/Stuff NZ] Dairy-beef product ‘New Generation Beef’ could help solve the industry’s bobby calf problem, Massey University researchers report. The potential new product is made by rearing calves which would otherwise have been sent to slaughter at four days old for up to a year. Project leader Nicola Schreurs, from Massey’s School of Agriculture...

How farmers can build up carbon in soils

[18 March/Rural News Group] Massey University and Plant & Food Research are completing research through full inversion tillage to renew pasture offsetting greenhouse emissions. Professor Mike Hedley of Massey University reports that the research is based on increasing carbon in subsoil in low to rolling country so that it can be easily ploughed and farmers...

First-year student discusses future of food with industry’s best

[12 March/Massey University] Fatima Imran, a first year completing a Bachelor of AgriCommerce at Massey University will join a panel to discuss the future of food production in New Zealand with industry leaders. AgResearch Future Feeders is a headline event of New Zealand AgriFood Week. Fatima Imran says she is not worried about the other...

Humble native’s anti-microbial properties could be a new tool in improving waterways

[11 March/Stuff NZ] The mānuka plant could soon be used in improving New Zealand’s freshwater quality. ESR, Waikato Regional Council and local iwi are 18 months into a five year study on the tree to figure out its ability to filter out freshwater-harming nutrients and pathogens. The trial site is on the shores of Lake...

Farmers must comply with society’s expectations

[19 February /Rural News Group] A key theme of the 32nd annual Fertiliser and Lime Research Centre workshop at Massey University was that compliance means meeting both requirements of the regulator and expectations of society. For example, water quality is becoming more important for individuals and companies also have to follow regulations. Speakers from Ireland,...

New chair for Pāmu Farms

[12 December/Dairy News] The Government has announced that Warren Parker has been appointed to role of chairman of state farmer Pāmu Farms (Landcorp). Mr Parker is a former chief executive of Scion (NZ Forest Research Institute) and Landcare Research, and was previously chief operating officer of AgResearch. He chairs the Forestry Ministerial Advisory Group and...

Food producers to get a taste of innovative consumer research

[15 October/Radio NZ] A new way to research consumer preferences could benefit New Zealand’s food producers. A laboratory funded by Massey University focused on consumer and sensory science for food. Joanne Hort, who is the Fonterra-Riddet chair in consumer and sensory science, would lead the facility and had been working with dairy products, meat products,...

New consumer and sensory science facility on the way

[29 August/Massey University] Massey University are developing a state of the art consumer and sensory science facility to determine what drives people in their food choice behaviours. College of Sciences Pro-Vice Chancellor, Ray Geor, said the investment continued to build on the strong food science capability at Massey. The facility would increase the already strong...

Time to embrace gene editing technology, scientists say

[4 October/Stuff] According to a paper by The Royal Society Te Aparangi, removing allergens from milk and making manuka disease resistant could be potential uses of gene editing. It looked at several possible uses for New Zealand’s primary industries. Professor of Molecular Genetics at Massey University, Barry Scott, said gene editing techniques would allow more...

Finalists for 2018 New Zealand Food Awards revealed

[6 September/FMCG Business] The Finalists for the 2018 New Zealand Food Awards were revealed, and included a range of new products including Pamu deer milk powder, Ora King TYEE salmon from New Zealand King Salmon, and cultured vegan butter from Savour Ltd among others. It was the 32nd year of the awards. They showcase what...

Rural areas can keep banks – if govt willing to pay for them

[3 September/Stuff] Regional Development Minister, Shane Jones, was told that if he wanted banks to continue to offer branches is rural areas, the Government may need to contribute. He criticised banks for closing branches in provincial towns, and suggested they should be obliged to service rural areas. New Zealand banks made cumulative profit of $5.19...

Jeremy Hill appointed Adjunct Professor at Massey University

[31 August/Riddet Institute] The Riddet Institute appointed Jeremy Hill as an Adjunct Professor at Massey University to recognise his achievements in the dairy science and technology areas, and his leadership qualities. Riddet Institute Director, Harjinder Singh, said Mr Hill would mentor the food science leaders of tomorrow. He added Mr Hill brought a wealth of...

Gene editing is GM, European court rules

[27 July/Stuff] According to scientists, strict new regulations by Europe’s highest court on gene-edited crops could stifle Kiwi innovation. It ruled gene edited crops should be subject to the same regulations as genetically modified organisms. Older GMO technology typically added new DNA to a plant or animal, whereas gene editing involved precise modification of DNA...

Sheep milking serious business

[23 March/Rural News] According to Massey University Associate Professor, Craig Prichard, the sheep milk industry has made huge strides over the last four years. The annual Sheep Milking Conference last week attracted 150 people, up from only 16 four years ago according to Mr Prichard. He said the industry has moved from an interesting idea...

Scientists call on EPA to ban herbicide

[23 March/Radio NZ] A group of mainly Wellington scientists are calling for a partial ban on the herbicide Glyphosate, and for the Environmental Protection Authority to cancel a report clearing it of serious health risks. They said the methodology was not sufficient to overturn previous findings that Glyphosate was carcinogenic. Scientist from the Centre for...

New Massey boss rings in changes

 [22 February/Rural News] Massey University Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas, said that we need to stop thinking about agriculture in the traditional sense. Ms Thomas advised that she would like to think of graduates of many other faculties at Massey University, other than vetinary and agriculture, moving into jobs relating to the wider primary sector. She had...

Virus vs disease: New bid to help our honeybees

[15 January/ NZ Herald] Massey University will be leading a government funded project this year that will look into natural bio-protective agents that will assist in keeping the American Foulbrood pathogen at bay.  The American Foulbrood disease is the largest single disease affecting honeybees in New Zealand, it spreads by spores that break down the...

Synlait enters fresh milk market with Foodstuffs South Island

[20 December/The Country] Synlait Milk says it will enter into the fresh milk market in early 2019 through becoming the exclusive supplier of private label fresh milk and cream to Foodstuffs South Island. The company will invest $125 million in a liquid dairy packaging plant and the products will be sold across the network of...

Right time for Patersons’ to enter Ballance Farm awards

[9 October/ New Zealand Herald] The Paterson Family were finalists in the Otago region and won the WaterForce integrated management award and the Massey University innovation award. Entries are open for the 2018 awards. Otago entries close on October 31. The winners will be announced at an awards dinner in Wanaka on April 13. The...

Rivers need to be protected for all, says ecologist

[8 October/ New Zealand Herald] Massey University Freshwater Ecologist Dr Mike Joy noted Water Conservation Orders (WCO) are a good idea, especially for the Hawkes Bay. 15 New Zealand rivers currently have WCOs placed on them, and applications are in progress for an additional three including for the Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers. Dr Joy said...

Shadbolt takes rural honours at Women of Influence Awards

 [8 September/ Stuff] Massey University Farm, and Agribusiness Professor, Nicola Shadbolt has received the 2017 Women of Influence rural award. The award recognises those who make a difference to other New Zealanders. Ms Shadbolt, a prominent figure in rural research and education, has also held a range of rural governance roles and was the first...

Genetic centre to boost agriculture

[24 July/ Radio NZ] The new Massey University AL Rae Centre for Genetics and Breeding is based at AgResearch’s Ruakura Research Centre in Hamilton and hopes to overcome a lack of research in quantitative genetics in New Zealand. The centre is funded by the Norman FB Barry Foundation. Chief Scientist for the Centre Dorian Garrick,...

Milk needs promotion

 [11 July/ Rural News Group] Nutritional Physiology Professor at Massey University Marlena Kruger has completed a study of the effects of milk on children in the Fonterra milk-for-schools programme, and those who do not. The milk drinkers had significantly better bone health than those who did not, causing Ms Kruger to say that milk and...