Posts tagged "Massey University"

NZ will have to allow GM food to keep up with other countries

 [11 April/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Massey University Professor, Peter Kemp said New Zealand should research genetic modification, but it was up to bigger countries and companies to convince the world that it was okay to eat genetically modified food. Mr Kemp added that many of the people who were against genetic modification were unaware...

Farming robot beats drones on price, adaptability

[18 March/ Radio NZ Rural] Researchers at Massey University have invented a prototype robot designed to perform several different tasks on farms, orchards and vineyards. Project Leader, Ian Yule said the idea was to rent the robots out for about $2,000 a month for everything from frost protection to assessing pasture quality. Mr Yule said...

Taranaki food industry’s golden opportunity

[25 January/ Business Day] Massey University Vice-Chancellor, Steve Maharey said it is now the time to learn how to add value to agricultural products to make them commercially viable. Mr Maharey, who spoke at the Food Futures Taranaki event, urged the Taranaki food industries to be more innovative. Mr Maharey added that it is the...

Sheep milk ‘could rival wine industry’

[24 January/ Radio NZ Rural] Massey University Management Lecturer, Craig Prichard predicted that the sheep milk industry could have an annual turnover of more than $100 million in 10 years’ time, and could rival the wine industry. Mr Prichard said the sheep milk industry was already worth $12 million annually, with most of the milk...

Farmers cop blame

[18 January/ NZ Farmer Weekly] A water campaign backed by the tourism sector is set to place the farming industry under further pressure to play a bigger role in lifting national water standards. The Choose Clean Water campaign was launched this month and will seek stories from across the country about the quality of waterways....

Paris climate deal: New Zealand must improve plans to meet global target

[13 December/ Business Day] Green Party Co-Leader, James Shaw said the government must now improve its emissions targets now the Paris climate change negotiations have been agreed. Mr Shaw said the government’s current target of reducing emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, were clearly out of line with the Paris agreement. Mr...

Calf abuse video a wake-up call for dairy industry

[2 December/ Radio NZ Rural] Massey University Agribusiness Professor, Hamish Gow said the recent video footage of bobby calves being abused was a wake-up call for the whole dairy industry to lift its standards. Mr Gow said that while New Zealand generally has high animal welfare standards, the few issues it does has can tarnish...

New remote sensing air fertiliser technology tested

[24 November/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Ravensdown and Massey University have been trailing the latest aerial top dressing technology to make fertiliser application more precise for farmers, reducing the amount that leaches into waterways. Ravensdown Technical Development Manager, Michael White said the new technology released the fertiliser automatically, allowing the pilot to concentrate solely on...

Global food value chain becomes a class act

[26 October/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy, has launched a new programme that will expose Wanganui Collegiate pupils to inner workings of companies operating in the global food value chain.  The programme, which is a collaboration between the school, Massey University and Food HQ, will be spread across the curriculum, with...

‘Health’ foods grow wealth

[15 October/ Dairy News] Massey University Food Scientist, Paul Moughan said the development of 10 to 20 health orientated products, such as Fonterra’s Anlene milk, will create significant wealth for New Zealand. Mr Moughan said Asian markets are welcoming health orientated products, exemplified by $800 million worth of sales of Anlene. Mr Moughan said the...

Landcorp establishes environmental advisory body

[9 October/ Rural News] Landcorp is to establish an advisory group of environmental experts which will drive the enterprise’s environmental focus. Landcorp Chief Executive, Steven Carden said the group will advise senior management on environmental activities with absolute independence. Mr Carden added that the expertise of the group will be invaluable for the business as...

Forget the credit crunch – food is the new global issue

[1 October/ NZ Herald] Massey University Professor, Paul Moughan believed that food security will become the next global crisis. Mr Moughan said New Zealand has an amazing opportunity to help educate the world in areas that are going to be required to meet food availability challenges. Mr Moughan said that while food production needed to...

The value-added approach

[16 July/ NZ Herald: Hamish Gow Opinion] Massey University Professor of Agribusiness, Hamish Gow said that there are three key strategic disciplines that will allow the New Zealand agricultural sector to add value to its products. Mr Gow believed companies must excel in either operational excellence, product leadership or customer intimacy, to add value to...

Safer food centre awaits approval

[18 July/ NZ Herald] Massey University is hoping to gain approval from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to establishing a new food safety science and research centre. Massey University Food Safety Professor, Nigel French said the new centre will look at ways to improve diagnostic testing of food and how to efficiently communicate...

Scientist Mike Joy ruffles dairying feathers again [15 May/ Business Day: NZ Farmer]

Massey University Freshwater Ecologist, Mike Joy has upset the dairy industry with a new report highlighting the costs of dairy farming to society. The report claimed it would take $15 billion to clean up the environment damaged by dairy farming, which is more than the amount dairy farming adds to the economy. Federated Farmers Dairy...

Two research institutes re-gain funding [11 May/ Radio NZ Rural]

Lincoln University’s Bio-Protection Research Centre and Massey University’s Riddet Institute were successful in their applications to become Centres of Research Excellence. The research institutes have regained government funding for at least five years, from 2016 to 2020.

Playing chicken: Turning pea protein into fake fowl [10 May/ Business Day]

After developing a chicken-like meat protein from Canadian Yellow Peas, Sunfed Meats Co-founder, Shama Lee said plant proteins are the way forward for global protein consumption. Sunfed Meats is partnered with Massey University in developing proteins extracted from plants, with commercial standard trial runs being the next step for the company. Ms Lee is aiming...

Greens welcome Federated Farmers proposal for a dairy moratorium

[16 March/ Business Day] Green Party Co-leader, Dr Russell Norman has backed Waikato Federated Farmers President, Chris Lewis’ call for a moratorium on dairy conversions. Dairy farmers argued that large scale forestry to pasture conversions would reverse the work farmers have done to mitigate their environmental footprint. Massey University Ecologist, Dr Mike Joy also supported...

The rise and rise of sheep milk

[9 March/ NZ Farmers Weekly] British Sheep Milk Dairy Association Chairman, John Ryrie speaking at the recent Massey University sheep dairying conference, highlighted that the demand for sheep milk, across the globe, outstrips supply with expanding processors looking for more milk. Mr Ryrie noticed the growing New Zealand industry has similarities with the British industry,...

Landcorp seeks to fatten sheep returns through milk, wool

[27 December/ The National Business Review] Landcorp Farming plans to increase returns from sheep, and has signed a three year contract with New Zealand Merino to manage its total wool clip. Landcorp is also looking to establish a premium niche sheep milk brand. The company has been conducting market research on sheep milk demand, as...

Better communication urged over drones

[27 November/ Radio New Zealand Rural] The Civil Aviation Authority is aiming to tighten rules around the use of drones in 2015. The Civil Aviation Authority general manager, Steve Moore said that the new regulations will require an owner to have an operator’s certificate if a drone could pose a risk to people or become...

City teachers impressed by Ag sector opportunities

[18 November/ Rural News] A day long trip involving careers advisors, science and commerce teachers visiting a sophisticated asparagus farm near Levin and a high-tech dairy farm near Fielding, which was organised by Rural News reporter, Peter Burke and Dairy NZ industry education facilitator, Susan Stokes, proved to be a hit among secondary teachers from...

Agri One gets new head

[4 November/ Rural News Group] Lincoln University and Massey University have appointed former Solid Energy domestic marketing manager, Mark Williams as CEO of their joint venture, Agri One, effective November 12. Mr Williamson said that one of the focuses of his role was to develop the range of development opportunities in the agri-sector and establish...

Traditional treatment nets supreme award

[25 September/ NZ Food Awards] The 2014 Massey University Supreme Award at the 2014 New Zealand Food Awards was awarded to smoked in West Auckland the traditional way, over manuka wood, with Sealord Group’s Hot Manuka Smoked Salmon being commended by the professional judging panel and the consumer judging panel. Other award winners included Alpine...