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A New Way for Agritech Start-ups

Sprout AgriTech is a new business accelerator programme designed to fund the next generation of agritech start-ups in New Zealand. Sprout has one goal in mind – to help entrepreneurs grow global agritech businesses from New Zealand. As the only agritech accelerator in New Zealand, Sprout is managed by BCC (Building Clever Companies) and is

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Award-Winning Cheese

In the hustle and bustle of the Feilding Farmers’ Market, award-winning cheesemakers Adrian and Jill Walcroft can be found at the Cartwheel Creamery stall. The seeds of Cartwheel Creamery were sown in 1996 when Adrian attended a one-day cheesemaking course. It quickly became a serious hobby and friends and family couldn’t get enough of their

Robots on the Farm

Since installing three Lely A4 Astronaut machines in July 2016, Bunnythorpe farmers Greg and Amy Gemmell have no regrets about jumping into a robotic farming future. Less than a year in, and Greg swears he’s got an extra six hours a day up his sleeve. “Our cows now walk to and from the milking shed

Molecule to Mouth Value Chain

OPINION PIECE: Malcolm Bailey The New Zealand agrifood sector continues to grow, evolve, and diversify. Not only should this increasingly diverse landscape be embraced, it is vital that this trajectory continues for our country to prosper. The Government’s Business Growth Agenda recognises the enormous potential for further growth and spells out the need for another 50,000

The 2017 week at a glance

The big week is nearly here and it’s looking even better than last year! Check out how you can get involved. The 2017 Sheep Milk NZ Conference will kick off the Week on March 13. This conference will continue to support the development of the fledgling industry with a focus on exceptional foods. Marc Soper – NZ

NZAgInvest is back for 2017

Manawatu is ready to play host to the second New Zealand AgriFood Investment Week in March 2017. New Zealand AgriFood Investment Week in association with ASB is designed to help New Zealand agrifood businesses succeed through the development of innovation, investment and people. Project managed by Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA), the week will deliver

Rangitikei Rouseys

Each year New Zealand Young Farmers, hosts three national competitions, for three different age groups; AgriKids, TeenAg and FMG Young Farmer of the Year. With National Finals coming up in Timaru in July, we took the chance to sit down with Taranaki/Manawatu AgriKids regional winners, the Rangitikei Rouseys. The all-girls team was made up of

Seasoned by the sea

Coastal Spring Lamb is already a well-respected brand in New Zealand and, through a partnership with Classic Fine Foods, is now being compared to some of the best produce from around the world. From Scottish Salmon to Spanish Jamón Serrano and even Alaskan Crab, Coastal Spring Lamb and Coastal Lamb are up there with the

Rough and Ready

If anyone ever thought a girl couldn’t rough it, they obviously haven’t met Charlotte Nimmo. The year 13 FAHS Feilding High School student lives on a sheep and beef farm in Hunterville with her family, and as the oldest of three girls, Charlotte has become her father’s “son he never got”. Charlotte wouldn’t have it

Grower to Glass

Mark and Sophie McGill both grew up in and around the wine industry, so it’s no wonder that when cider began to boom a few years ago, they thought they would try their hand at it. Fast forward 8 years, and now two kids, one international move, and thousands of experiments later, the McGill’s have

Growing Grass Roots

Chelsea Millar is a bubbly soul, paving a different sort of path in agri. Developing the digital skills and capabilities of the agri sector is a passion for Chelsea, owner and founder of Grass Roots Media NZ. By completing the Kellogg’s Rural Leadership Programme on the topic of ‘Developing NZ Inc’s Primary Industry social capital’

Hoogenboom talks ‘Hoof & Hook’

Growing up a ‘townie’ in Waipukurau with her mum and sister, Amy Hoogenboom didn’t think she would ever work in the beef industry. But thanks to an opportunity at school and her love for animals, Amy has spent the last year travelling New Zealand as the 2015 Future Beef NZ Allflex Senior Ambassador, a job

Farmers, our most important asset

When aiming for a career as a rural professional, Hannah Goodwin got a deal better than she could have ever imagined. Today Hannah finds herself on the road, discussing the most important farm asset – the farmer. Risk management with FMG is the nitty gritty of a variable that is more volatile than the weather,