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Speaker Profile: Aimee Charteris

Smart Natural Food Systems – It can be done! Significant opportunities exist for food producers to develop smart natural food systems that produce the most delicious and nutritious natural produce that focus on the well-being of “all” in the supply chain.  As food producers it is our responsibility to turn the focus to building outstanding natural produce from the ground …

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Grass-fed message won’t sell NZ products but health benefits could

New Zealand’s “clean, green, grass-fed” message isn’t unique and exporters should instead focus on the nutritional benefits of their food products, Andy Elliot says. Elliot spent much of last year studying the business models of New Zealand producers and exporters as part of the Nuffield agricultural scholarship programme. He says that in order to get more value from existing production, the country needs to find a way …

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Could Omega Lamb revive NZ’s sheep-meat industry?

Genetics and chicory are giving rise to a high-country sheep so tasty that the meat industry sees it as a potential saviour.  Languishing lamb sales could be in for a boost from a project that aims to produce sheep meat to rival wagyu beef. Sheep, which number about 27 million in this country, are the fourth-most-eaten livestock in the world. …

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Omega lambs and fitbit cows: New Zealand responds to alternative protein threat

At Dave Harper’s family farm in New Zealand’s scenic Canterbury region, a painstakingly bred flock of lambs is grazing, not on grass, but on a field of herbs selected to unlock healthy omega-3 fatty acids in the animals’ meat. Known as ‘Te Mana lambs’, they are part of an effort by the island nation to future-proof its agricultural sector from …

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Speaker Profile: Alison Dewes

Alison is a fifth generation farmer, veterinarian and ecologist. Her experience spans Dairying in NZ and Australia, production animal medicine, business development. She previously worked for Nestle Australia in Business Development & Quality Assurance, Commonwealth Bank in lending, and managed Intelact Australia. She has skills in animal health and nutrition, agricultural business performance, adult education, policy and ecosystem health. She …

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Rural sector motivated to work towards low-carbon future

Consultation on the Government’s Zero Carbon Bill, which sets up a new legal and institutional framework for climate policy, has just ended. Every sector in New Zealand will be affected by this proposed legislation – sheep and beef farmers are no exception. And there is no doubt the proposals have sparked robust debate and discussion among many farmers during the …

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Project highlights nutrient loss challenges for farmers

Work by farmers on a Hawke’s Bay project aiming to cut their nitrogen losses has provided valuable lessons and highlighted the challenges ahead. The “Greening Tukituki” project that included two dairy farmers and two drystock farmers from the Tukituki catchment aimed to help them meet their nutrient loss obligations under the Hawkes Bay Regional Council (HBRC) plan change 6. The …

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Rod Oram: Ireland goes where NZ fears to tread

For decades, Irish farmers, scientists and politicians have flocked to New Zealand to learn how we farm so well. They saw us as global leaders. No longer. On Monday Irish farmers featured prominently in their country’s launch of its response to the global climate crisis. They will significantly reduce their emissions to help Ireland meet its national goals and its …

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You Call That Meat? Not So Fast, Cattle Ranchers Say

The cattle ranchers and farm bureaus of America are not going to give up their hold on the word meat without a fight. In recent weeks, beef and farming industry groups have persuaded legislators in more than a dozen states to introduce laws that would make it illegal to use the word meat to describe burgers and sausages that are …