Congress 2015 Farm Visit Streams

NOTE: Updated Wednesday programme at 13 October 2015. New visit Friday 16 October in the Science stream

WEDNESDAY 14 OCTOBER 2015

General 1

  • McGrath Nurseries: specialist development nursery for new fruit species – works with several organisations in Europe and North America. Also intellectual property managers. www.mcgrathnurseries.co.nz
  • Simcro: NZ-based global animal health company with offices in Kansas, UK and Shanghai. Specialising in delivery systems. www.simcro.com.

General 2

  • Charlie Lea's multi-faceted agricultural operation: 225ha property running sheep and beef; rural spraying business; native flora planting business; 42,000 plant native nursery; a riparian planting and maintenance business. www.cambrileaweedspraying.co.nz/our-story.html.
  • Livestock Improvement Corporation: Farmer-owned breeding cooperative. High-tech operation aiming for $1 billion revenue by 2025. www.lic.co.nz

THURSDAY 15 OCTOBER 2015

Red Meat

  • James Bailey's Hereford stud and sheep farm. Fresh-air beef: raising cattle on pasture year-round. Fifth generation on the property. Surfer and co-founder of Sustainable Coastlines.
  • Oraka Deer Park, owned by veterinarian Ian Scott, who also farms dairy cattle, forestry and maize as well as a small on-farm tourist business on a cluster of neighbouring properties.

Dairy

  • John Fisher: robotic milking pioneer. Adapting the technology to a New Zealand pastoral setting.
  • Tracy and Wyn Brown: award-winning farmer maximising production while minimising the footprint on their dairy operation.

Horticulture

  • Pick Mee Apples: apple grower and exporter. Joint venture between two long-established family companies. Growing new varieties including Smitten, Pink Lady and KIKU.
  • Balle Brothers: a large family-owned commercial fruit and vegetable producer operating over nine farms throughout New Zealand. Export and domestic markets.

Science and technology

  • Gallaghers: iconic international farm solutions developer with large export markets for a diverse range of products. www.gallagher.co.nz
  • Ligar Polymers: high-tech company specialising in containment extraction from agricultural processing and development of targeted microscopic polymers for a wide range of industrial and agricultural applications. www.ligarpolymers.com

General

  • Fonterra: tour of the huge Te Rapa dairy production facility.
  • Cambridge Stud: home of the world-famous breeder Sir Patrick Hogan and some of New Zealand's most successful horses.

FRIDAY 16 OCTOBER 2015

Red Meat

  • Wayne Derrick: Specialist calf rearer (including Wagyu).
  • Middle Earth farming - the Alexander's sheep and beef farm. The home farm of Hobbiton. A 1,250 acre traditional sheep and beef farm running approximately 3,000 sheep and 300 Angus.

Dairy

  • Fonterra: tour of the huge Te Rapa dairy production facility.
  • Sue and David Fish: balancing multi-ownership. The Fish's own three farms and two support blocks for calf-rearing and maize.

Horticulture

  • Vilagrad vineyard: Old World winemaking meets New World. Established by Croatian immigrants five generations ago, this is one of the oldest vineyards in New Zealand. It is still producing the traditional port and fortified wines from 100-year-old vines, while the younger generation has established new products from new stock.
  • BBC Technologies: Blueberry grower and developer and exporter of berry sorting, filling and packaging technology. www.bbctechnologies.com/about-us

Science and technology

  • An afternoon with Plant & Food Research at its research orchards: Dr David Pattemore on alternative pollination research and Dr Peter Schaare on bio-engineering for orchards.
  • A visit to the new AgResearch dairy goat research facility at the Crown Research Institute’s Ruakura campus in Hamilton where there is an ongoing trial. See the following press release for more information http://www.agresearch.co.nz/news/new-dairy-goat-research-gets-underway-at-ruakura/

General

  • Gallaghers: Iconic international farm solutions developer with large export markets for a diverse range of products. www.gallagher.co.nz
  • Pushing the traditional seasonal production system at Dan Hinton's dairy farm.

SATURDAY 17 OCTOBER 2015

Red Meat

  • Lake Farm: Former IT pioneer Colin Brown's boutique beef farm where he pursues his search for the perfect steak.
  • Plasnewyd farm with Rob Taylor: specialist export lamb finisher.

Dairy

  • The Meyer Cheese story: Dutch immigrant family that has become New Zealand's champion gouda makers for the last two years. Milk their own cows to ensure supply. The cheese is hand-made.
  • Innovation with Fonterra: staying ahead of the competition in product and process.

Horticulture

  • McGrath Nurseries: specialist development nursery for new fruit species – works with several organisations in Europe and North America. Also intellectual property managers. www.mcgrathnurseries.co.nz
  • Kiwifruit: visit an orchard growing the iconic New Zealand export.

Science and technology

  • CRV Ambreed: visit the breeder's new cutting-edge facility in Hamilton. www.crv4all.co.nz
  • Pastoral 21: Pastoral 21 Next Generation Dairy Systems is a five-year farm programme that aims to provide proven, profitable, simple, adoption-ready systems that lift production and reduce nutrient loss. Visit Scott Farm in Hamilton where DairyNZ and AgResearch will explain the project. This will be reinforced by a session with AgResearch's Dr Warren King (on New Zealand's pasture resource - a critical part of New Zealand's export success story with an estimated farm-gate value exceeding $12 billion a year - and the science and technology developed to protect and enhance that, including endophytes, pest control etc) and Dr Stewart Ledgard on carbon foot-printing and life cycle analysis research.

General

  • Maungatautiri: visit 'Sanctuary Mountain', an eco-island surrounded by, and co-existing with, intensive and extensive farmland. Many of New Zealand's iconic bird species are here.
  • Farming in harmony with the bush – Bill Garland on his Rahiri farm. Bill shares a border with Maungatautiri and is a co-founder of it. Rahiri's lamb is on exclusive contract to Wholefoods supermarkets in the USA and the majority of beef is for the US hamburger market.