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Agritech developers collaborate on map data interoperability

There is no shortage of developers creating software, tools, and technologies for agriculture. Almost the opposite in fact. Farmers tell of the many different tools and solutions they need to use to record compliance information, analyse farm performance, monitor health and safety, and communicate with their staff and suppliers. And there is room for a […]

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Why we value “Agility” (and what does it mean?)

A while back I wrote some notes on Agility for our team, and I’ve been encouraged to share these more widely, so with that context in place – read on! – Andrew Cooke What does agility mean for an organisation? Ultimately it is the ability to change and adapt in response to changes in environment. […]

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What really drives profitability on pastoral farms – the right story

This is the second article in a series reflecting on the building blocks of profitability on pastoral farms in New Zealand. My particular interest is in sheep and beef farming, occupying 70% of New Zealand’s pastoral land. This article focusses on the farm system – a fascinating animal-pasture game of matching the ever-changing pasture growth […]

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Platforms – how to monetise a successful agri platform

How to monetise an agribusiness platform  Over the past two blogs I’ve explained what a platform is, why they’re important for agribusinesses to understand, and how to begin designing a platform for your business. However, you may have noticed a gap in our platform conversation. What is the business model? How do you profit off […]

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International livestock data standard released

The ICAR Animal Data Exchange working group has released a set of JSON and API standards for livestock data exchange. The International Committee for Animal Recording is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that helps members and stakeholders share guidelines, best practices and standards in animal recording and production. The culmination of around two years of […]

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Will Covid-19 result in a shift in attitudes towards digital and data-driven tech?

Covid-19 and the lockdown restrictions have placed a lot of strain on us as a society and also required the adoption of new working practices and technologies.

Over the past three or four weeks, I’ve been interested by the number of times someone has said to me something along the lines of: “Well we are all going to have to get used to using tech like Zoom now aren’t we?”.

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Designing agritech together

The background This workshop was originally intended to be delivered interactively at the MobileTECH.Ag conference. Despite switching to digital, we had great participation and a surprisingly interactive experience. We hope you enjoyed it. Thanks to Jeremy Suisted and Andrew Cooke for presenting. Next steps If you enjoyed this video and want to share some of […]

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Is this the year you take your agribusiness digital?

Is this the year you take your agribusiness digital? The world is changing, and as society as a whole reflects on the changes we will need to make, its also a time for business leaders to reflect their goals and strategy. Here’s a question for your business planning during the quiet days at the start […]

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What really drives profitability in pastoral agriculture?

Unique, profitable, and complex New Zealand pastoral agriculture is uniquely based around grazing pasture in the paddock while it is growing. In most countries agriculture is relentlessly dependent on diesel, machinery and chemicals to establish forage crops, spray weeds, harvest them, transport them, wrap them in plastic for storage, then fed them out often in […]