News & Opinion

Product and processing innovations add value to dairy supply chain

Product and processing innovations add value to dairy supply chain

17th May 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

More spreadable cream cheese, stretchier mozzarella and yoghurt with a longer shelf life are among the product and processing solutions ARC Dairy Innovation Hub Director Sally Louise Gras is developing to ensure Australia’s dairy industry stays competitive in global markets.

Run, rabbits, run…K5 calicivirus release

Run, rabbits, run…K5 calicivirus release

17th May 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Over the first week of March 2017, NSW DPI released the deadly Korean (K5) strain of rabbit calicivirus across rabbit-plagued regions of the state as part of a nationwide rollout. Initial reports indicate that the release has been a resounding success.

 Australia leads global fight against our number-one National Priority Plant Pest

Australia leads global fight against our number-one National Priority Plant Pest

16th May 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Experts from six nations will gather in Brisbane mid-May in a bid to find ways to defend against Xylella fastidiosa, one of the world’s most devastating plant pests.

CSIRO and Amfora join forces to develop oil-rich, cost-effective cattle feed

CSIRO and Amfora join forces to develop oil-rich, cost-effective cattle feed

21st Apr 2017 | By AgInnovators

CSIRO researchers have found a way to produce oil in the leaves and stems of plants – a discovery that promises to be a game-changer in global production of renewable oils for livestock feed, human foods, biofuels and industry.

Projects

Reducing Energy Costs in Dairy

Reducing Energy Costs in Dairy

NSW Farmers is working to assist the dairy industry in reducing energy costs and increasing the dollar return on energy investment.
Solar Powered Pumping Initiative

Solar Powered Pumping Initiative

The Solar Powered Pumping Initiative was funded by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH ) and aimed to promote the use of solar power pumping in agriculture across domestic, stock and high volume irrigation applications.
Direct Beef Export to China

Direct Beef Export to China

The Direct Beef Export to China project investigated the potential for cattle producers to export premium beef products to China using advanced paddock-to-plate marketing and ecommerce platforms.
Innovation Central connected tech laboratory

Innovation Central connected tech laboratory

CISCO, NSW Farmers, NSW Department of Primary Industry, CSIRO, and the University of NSW have partnered to establish the Innovation Central laboratory for developing machine to machine digital solutions.

Events

Sydney Markets Fresh Awards

Sydney Markets Fresh Awards

2017-07-19T08:00:00Z - 2017-07-19T12:00:00Z
19th Jul 2017 - 19th Jul 2017
Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks, NSW.
Agritechnica 2017

Agritechnica 2017

2017-11-11T22:00:00Z - 2017-11-18T07:00:00Z
11th Nov 2017 - 18th Nov 2017
Hannover Fairgrounds, Hanover, Germany.

Case Studies

Farm trials show next-gen compost benefits for vegie growers

Farm trials show next-gen compost benefits for vegie growers

Trials at the Greater Sydney Demonstration Farm show that adding high-grade recycled-organics composts to soils prior to planting has a number of potential benefits for vegetable growers.

Bathurst farmer grows sweet corn using 'next gen' compost

Bathurst farmer grows sweet corn using 'next gen' compost

Bathurst mixed-farming operator Jeff McSpedden, who grows corn commercially for Simplot, turned to next-gen compost to replace biosolids, deemed a health risk.

Rejigged tariffs and equipment fixes to boost Riverina dairy farm's bottom line

Rejigged tariffs and equipment fixes to boost Riverina dairy farm's bottom line

An energy audit of Carramar dairy farm in Womboota found significant savings could be made by renegotiating the electricity tariff for the property’s water pump, optimising the performance of its power-hungry plate cooler, recovering waste heat from the chiller and installing LEDs. Simple.

Energy audit leads to substantial savings for Dubbo dairy enterprise

Energy audit leads to substantial savings for Dubbo dairy enterprise

An energy audit of Skinner Partnership, a dairy operation in Dubbo, Central New South Wales, found that substantial savings could be made by upgrading pumps, installing a variable speed drive on the milk vacuum pump, and adding heat-recovery units to the dairy’s plant and vat washes.