The science behind sheep and beef farming in New Zealand

  • Plumbing the hills

    The Minister for Primary Industries, Hon Nathan Guy, spoke at the Beef + lamb New Zealand Environment Conference in February. During his speech he released a report on the…

  • Let’s go to Caroline Bay again

    Timaru turned on a couple of sunny days for us back in November for the New Zealand Grassland Association’s 78th annual conference. It was held at the arts & craft styled…

  • A web of intrigue

    One of the government’s National Science Challenges is called “New Zealand’s Biological Heritage” or just Bioheritage. It is about biodiversity and biosecurity. One of the…

  • Expand your mind, change your world

    It’s always interesting to ponder great tag-lines. A really great one goes beyond the organisation that employs it and can speak to the reader in a much broader way. The…

  • Deconstruct to reconstruct

    Did you see the internet article about deconstructed coffee? Apparently a café in Melbourne is offering deconstructed coffee, that is, a beaker of coffee, one of milk and one of…

  • When the pods went pop on the broom

    I have been thinking about podcasts. And because of my background in botany the idea of “explosive dehiscence” of broom and gorse pods came to mind. Standing by a patch of…

  • The JDR what?

    Have you heard? The Johne’s Disease Research Consortium is coming to an end. To mark the end their will be a day of research presentation followed by a cocktail party in…

  • He marched them up to the top of the hill

    He marched them up to the top of the hill And he marched them down again. From the Hill Country Symposium A few weeks ago I wrote about the Hill Country Symposium and gave links…

  • Getting the measure of your bench

    Benchmarking is one of the most important things you can do. As James Burke said: ‘You have to know where you have been to know where you are going’. So to know where we’ve…

  • When dogs rule the world

    Did you know that most farm dogs get fed once a day and that most common diet is a combination of dry food and homekill. Yet we don’t know much about the nutrient and energy…

  • Be a hill seeker

    Life happens in the hills. …. They’re opportunities to prove to yourself that you’re stronger than you ever imagined. … There wouldn’t be many scenic New Zealand…

  • Off with their heads

    When we went out and asked sheep and beef farmers what weeds topped their list they all came back with Cali thistles (Cirsium arvense). Then they would think for a minute and say…

  • Before the cows come home

    Are you doing dairy support grazing? Did you know? A key goal for the winter period in a pasture-based system is to gain body condition prior to calving. In areas where there is…

  • The Other Road

    A zillion years ago Rachel Carson (Silent Spring published in 1962) talked about the other road, the one ‘less traveled by’. She was writing about biological control as an…

    Thanks to science …

    AgResearch has just published its research highlights for the 2014-2015. It’s a great read although a bit lumpy in acknowledging its industry funding providers. Here are…

    FAR sighted

    ARIA so hot The Foundation for Arable Research (FAR), a levy funded body like Beef + Lamb New Zealand, held its annual field day yesterday. ARIA,…