Category Archives: Processed food

Is the future for our sheep their milk?


  Being the farm raised boy I am, I’m keen on the idea of clever new and profitable products from our ability to convert sunlight, soil and water into them. So, Blue River Dairy, the sheep milk products company which … Continue reading

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In the rush to all things digital, are we missing a biological trick?


New Zealand is missing a trick when it comes to the startup weekend, incubator, accelerator programme ecosystem that’s got lots of attention lately. And sure, I can appreciate how the digital side of things is extremely quick at developing and … Continue reading

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Primary industry mobile tech forum draws the digerati


Numbers tell a story on their own. And the fact that over 220 attendees ponyed up at the Mobile Tech Summit 2013 in Wellington on August 7 & 8 underscores the message that our natural resources aren’t as old-hat as … Continue reading

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Magritek looking to be less lonely


I had the pleasure of catching up with Magritek last week when it announced a new cornerstone shareholder in Wellington-based private equity investor Rangatira. It is an opportunity for Magritek to up its sales and marketing effort around its relatively … Continue reading

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Bacteria detector set to scale up for food industry


I’m always a bit of a sucker for innovations and improvements that add value to our biological industries. After all, as a country we’d be fools not to play to our major strength in producing food and fibre. An innovation’s … Continue reading

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Achieving virtual scale for our largest industry


(This blog also appears at pastureharmonies.org) Scale matters in exporting according to the World Bank…..so here’s a way to get virtual scale for our biggest industry. The World Bank’s recent report ‘Export Superstars’, shows that company size matters when it … Continue reading

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Food & beverage stars for NZ to hitch its wagon to – report


There’s not that many reports you can sit down and study and go – uumm, interesting. But Auckland-based Coriolis has done it (again), and their ‘Investors guide to emerging growth opportunities in NZ food and beverage exports’ is, and I … Continue reading

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If we knew what we were inventing when we figured it out…..we would’ve named it


The concept of rotational grazing has been around for so long now (but only about 60 years really) that we take it for granted. It is ‘just’ the way we do things at the on farm level, and there’s no … Continue reading

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What does our agriculture offer?……..romance and reassurance


I’ll be the first to admit that the frilly, intangible, non-scientific aspects of what and how we produce our agricultural products can be a tricky little number to get your head around. Much of what we’re good at doing as … Continue reading

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Our agriculture’s much more than the sum of its parts


This post also appears at http://www.pastureharmonies.org Too much, arguably all the time, we look at all the individual components of our farm production systems……and beat ourselves up about them. We could use less fertiliser, our use of water isn’t that … Continue reading

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