International

Major lessons from Ireland last week. New Zealand’s dairy sector take note.

I am reflecting on last week’s truly epic visit to Ireland by the New Zealand agritech delegation. I thought I had a reasonable handle on the state of the country’s dairy sector. Smaller family-owned farms (average herd size of approx. 80 cows), pasture-based, herringbone milking sheds and no lack of rain. Whilst this reflects the … Continue reading "Major lessons from Ireland last week. New Zealand’s dairy sector take note."
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Join leading New Zealand agritech businesses, researchers and capability providers at the 2019 Irish National Ploughing Championships and UK Dairy Day.

Callaghan Innovation, in partnership with Agritech New Zealand and NZTE, is coordinating a mission around the 2019 Irish National Ploughing Championships and UK Dairy Day. If you think National Fieldays is big, think again. The Irish National Ploughing Championships attracts over 300,000 visitors. With similar pastoral farming systems to New Zealand, I believe that Ireland … Continue reading "Join leading New Zealand agritech businesses, researchers and capability providers at the 2019 Irish National Ploughing Championships and UK Dairy Day."
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The New Zealand agritech delegation has returned from the US. What happens next?

On Friday morning, Jacqui and I were invited to a small ‘town hall’ event just outside Watsonville in Northern California. We joined 60+ local specialty crop growers listen to US Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue (pictured above) and Congressman Jimmy Panetta talk about the US Federal government’s support for the sector. Questions from the floor … Continue reading "The New Zealand agritech delegation has returned from the US. What happens next?"
International

Post evokeAG. What next for NZ-Australia agritech collaboration?

The applause is over, the bunting and the red carpets have been put in store, and the over 1,200 delegates who attended last week’s evokeAG conference in Melbourne have returned to their day jobs. Only 358 days then to go until the next evokeAG meetup. Same city. Same venue. 18-19 February 2020. Except that Agritech … Continue reading "Post evokeAG. What next for NZ-Australia agritech collaboration?"