Feeding the world’s growing population

New Zealand’s reputation as a quality food producer is growing.

Optimising food production

Over the next 50 years farmers around the world will need to produce more food than has been grown over the past 10,000 years.

Best use from a limited resource

Fertiliser helps farmers produce food efficiently by replenishing the soil. But fertiliser needs to be used responsibly.

Responsible and sustainable nutrient management

The Fertiliser Association invests in research and tools to ensure farm profitability while minimising nutrient losses to the environment.

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand promotes and encourages responsible and scientifically-based nutrient management.

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Nutrient distribution and behaviour of livestock in an intensively managed dairy system

PhD Enterprise Scholarship – Ina Draganova
Completed June 2013

Introduction

Research suggests that on farms the major source of nutrient loss is animal excreta, which for nitrogen (N) relates to cattle urine in particular. Most models used to predict N cycling and loss assume homogeneous distribution of bovine urine patches across paddocks. This study aims to provide baseline understanding of how dairy cows distribute urine, in regard to activity patterns and several environmental factors, by using sensor technologies to investigate the patterns of excreta distribution from dairy cows under commercial conditions.

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The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand and Dairy NZ funded development of the Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme (NMACP). This industry-wide certification aims to ensure that advisers have the learning, experience and capability to give sound nutrient advice.

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8 October 2018

New Zealand's agricultural industry is increasingly considering the challenges and opportunities of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


5 September 2018

From having an internationally acclaimed research method named after him to running a highly successful research centre, Professor Mike Hedley can look back on his 40-year academic career with a huge sense of achievement.

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