Off-road racing keeps drivers young at heart

Tauranga’s Ben Thomasen and Dyson Delahunty have both been drawn to the ‘dirt sport’ since a young age – and they’re not doing too bad at it. Ben started off-road racing in 2012 when looking for events to race his UTV,...... Read More

New research looks at lamb gene markers

A new research project will examine the feasibility of growing lambs with more intramuscular fat. Gene markers that are known to influence intramuscular fat levels are the focus of the industry-led research project that has attracted a $174,400 grant...... Read More

New, faster-response flood gates for Paeroa

New mechanised flood gates being installed on State Highway 26 at Paeroa will enable Waikato Regional Council to provide full flood protection to the community faster. It’s expected the gates – manufactured in the United Kingdom and being...... Read More

Researching breeding N out of animals

DairyNZ is leading a seven-year $21 million research partnership project aiming to breed cattle with less nitrogen in their urine. DairyNZ geneticist Mark Camara says the research could reduce sector-wide nitrate leaching by 20 per cent. “One...... Read More

Cross-appeal filed in the Kiwifruit Claim case

The Kiwifruit Claim group has filed a cross-appeal over the High Court decision which found the Ministry for Primary Industries negligent in letting vine-killing disease Psa-V into New Zealand in 2009, which devastated the kiwifruit industry. This...... Read More

Biopesticides, a ‘massive opportunity’

As consumer demand for residue-free produce rises, New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry would benefit from fast-tracking its shift towards biopesticides, according to a University of Auckland researcher. Through her internship at Plant & Food Research,...... Read More

Boost to direct retail channel for Just Avocados

Just Avocados’ Australian retail channel has grown by 55 per cent during the last three seasons – and, a further boost to this has been announced for the 2018-2019 season with the specialist avocado packer and exporter to now supply a major...... Read More

Futureproofing the red meat sector

The red meat sector is well positioned to build on its $7.15 billion contribution to the New Zealand economy, says Meat Industry Association chairperson John Loughlin. Across the industry – at farmer, processor, marketer and government levels...... Read More

Frugal is the new wealth

Katikati couple Jizzy and Mike Green are passionate advocates of the sustainable lifestyle. Living primarily off what they grow in their own garden, utilising a ‘need not want’ mantra and using renewable sources of energy, the pair want...... Read More

Report details trees for steep erosion-prone land

A report on alternative plantation forest species is now available on the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association website, detailing the characteristics of a wide variety of tree species that are suited to steep erosion-prone land and which have root...... Read More




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