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Kohuratia Web Tool to Identify Priority Actions for Agribusiness

The Kohuratia website provides agribusiness and farms in Aotearoa New Zealand with a snapshot of their current constraints and opportunities. Enter data about your organisation's values, current performance, capabilities and capacity, and the tool generates a series of priority actions that will help optimise economic, social and environmental outcomes. Kohuratia was developed for Māori agribusiness but can be used for any farm and has been tested with Pakehā farmers.

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Consumer Willingness to Pay Price Premiums for Credence Attributes of Livestock Products

Exporters and agri-food marketers can use this meta-analysis (combining the results of 94 other studies) to learn how much more consumers are willing to pay for attributes such as organic dairy (36% more, for this example). This analysis found that Australasian consumers value red meat products with credence attributes the highest, followed by Asian, European and North American consumers. As for dairy products, willingness-to-pay is highest in the Asian market, followed by the EU and the North America.

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Overseer

Overseer enables farmers and growers to improve nutrient use on farms, delivering better environmental outcomes.

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MitAgator

Built on a detailed farm map, MitAgator’s software gives a spatial view of where contaminant losses are occurring and identifies critical source areas. This allows mitigation scenarios to be validated and targeted more precisely, improving their cost-effectiveness.

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Farm Environment Plans

Widely recognised as good business practice, Farm Environment Plans area visible indication of sustainable activity on farm. They are likely to become compulsory for all farms over time. Beef and Lamb NZ has useful templates for all farming systems.

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NZ Sustainability Dashboard

The NZ Sustainability Dashboard has been comprehensively reviewed by our Indicators Working Group and found to be fit-for-purpose. The dashboard provides processes and tools to enable effective sustainability assessment and reporting across different agricultural sectors.

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Maximising Export Returns

An interactive dashboard that allows users to explore the credence attributes most highly valued by some of New Zealand’s key export markets.

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Multi-criteria decision-making framework

This land-use assessment framework has been developed by Next Generation Systems to explore opportunities for adopting more suitable land use and to identify gaps in knowledge. It uses multi-criteria decision-making to simultaneously consider multiple domains, where selection of best alternatives is highly complex, context-specific and deeply personal. Please email Alan Renwick to discuss using the tool.

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SDF Curves for Drought in New Zealand

Sources and Flows research modelled drought duration-severity distribution and frequency to generate SDF curves for six locations in different climatic regions. Modelling of soil drainage at these sites indicated 35% to 80% more drainage peaks than expected, suggesting better monitoring of soil moisture and scheduling of irrigation is required. The SDF curves provide a comprehensive understanding of occurrence and duration of dry conditions, and can be a useful tool for developing strategies for water management.

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Guidance for Use of FDE on Free-Draining Soils

Phosphorus Best Practice research found that current practice and regional rules for the application of farm dairy effluent (FDE) to stony free-draining soil under irrigation were not sufficient to prevent phosphorus losses. Regional government and industry bodies can use these results to strengthen guidelines and regulations, particularly regarding the use of FDE on stony free-draining soils with low capacity to absorb P, such as those common in the Canterbury region, in order to meet community and government expectations.

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Guidance on Stock Exclusion from Smaller Streams

Assessing Contaminants with Stream Order research discovered that fencing only large streams to exclude stock has less effect on freshwater quality than expected. Small, steeply sloping streams contribute, on average, 77% of the load of freshwater contaminants. To substantially reduce contaminant losses, stock should be excluded from small, steeply sloping streams. This research can be used by local government to determine policy to improve the quality of fresh water.

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