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Sustainable production

Balancing production and sustainability
Our natural resources of land, water and air support our livelihood, lifestyle and biodiversity. Massey University provides teaching, research and services to find the right balance between agricultural production and long-term environmental sustainability.

Areas of expertise

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Precision agriculture

Environmental footprinting

Agricultural sciences

Rural valuation

Animal production systems

Dairy

Deer

Horticulture

Aquatic animal health

Agricultural economics

Sheep

Beef

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Programmes

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Bachelor of AgriCommerce

Massey's Bachelor of AgriCommerce gives you essential skills for a business-focused career in the primary production sector.

You'll learn how to apply and integrate scientific, technological and business knowledge to meet current and emerging opportunities in the primary industries.

Doctor of Philosophy

Advance your understanding of the world of agrifood and and gain skills to solve problems and effect change. A doctor of philosophy is a challenging and rewarding programme of study that will pave a way to a career centred on research and innovation.

Bachelor of AgriScience

Massey's world-class Bachelor of AgriScience programme focuses on the overlapping areas of agriculture, management and technology.

Gain an understanding of agricultural systems within the wider context of the economy and society, and focus on key areas like soils, plants and animals, economics, and agricultural systems management.

Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Rural Valuation)

If you have an undergraduate degree in urban valuation the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Rural Valuation) qualification gives you the additional expertise to work as a rural valuer.

You will gain understanding of farm systems and rural property markets that you will be able to apply to the rural property sector.

Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Rural Valuation)

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

Study Massey's Bachelor of Engineering with Honours and start becoming an engineer from day one.

You'll work on practical projects that can help both our communities and industry, giving you a feel for what engineering involves, and the skills that distinguish you from the rest.

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

Bachelor of Science with Honours

Acquire the analytical and management skills to help you improve productivity and sustainability of agricultural systems, in New Zealand, and around the world.

Bachelor of Science with Honours

Master of Agriculture

Massey’s Master of Agriculture is ideal for primary industry professionals who are seeking to upskill.

Master of Agriculture

Master of Applied Statistics

As a Massey's Master of Applied Statistics student you will benefit from the multi-disciplinary environment, and world-leading science faculty with expertise in all the fundamental sciences.

Master of Applied Statistics

Master of Science

Gain the knowledge and skills for a more in-depth understanding of an area of scientific study.

Massey University’s Master of Science is a 180 credit master qualification (a 240 credit MSc is also available). The 180 credit masters offers a rigorous programme of learning yet can be achieved in one and a half years.

Master of Science

Postgraduate Diploma in Science

Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Science is an interdisciplinary degree programme that provides a pathway to a Masters programme, pending ability.

Postgraduate Diploma in Science

Customised courses

Access Massey University's expertise and build vital capability in your organisation through customised professional development courses and cohort partnerships for the delivery of academic programmes.

Customised courses

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People

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Peter Kemp

Professor Peter Kemp is the Head of the Institute of Agriculture and Environment at Massey University.

Professor Kemp is an active researcher in pasture science, agroforestry and agricultural systems and has supervised many PhD students from around the world. In pasture science he has concentrated on summer forages, particularly chicory, plantain, red clover and lucerne. In agroforestry the main focus has been on the effect of poplar and willow on pastoral systems. In agricultural systems he is involved in research on how farmers best learn new knowledge and technologies and adapt them for use in their own farm systems.

Dr

Rene Corner-Thomas

Associate Professor

Sarah McLaren

Professor

Hugh Blair

Professor

Mike Hedley

Associate Professor

Marta Camps Arbestain

Professor

Ian Yule

Professor

Nicola Shadbolt

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Projects

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Biolumic

Scientifically proven recipes of UV radiation to benefit plants and algae.

Helping the Agrifood sector become energy smart

Securing food supply in the future

Survey of New Zealand sheep farmers

Investigating the use of farm management tools by New Zealand farmers

Indonesians learn about dairy farming

Learning about cow health and pasture growth

Indonesians learn about dairy farming

Insight into dairy forecasting

Providing better insights into New Zealand milk production and farmgate milk prices

Insight into dairy forecasting

Increasing reliability of manuka honey

Increasing the yield and reliability of medical grade manuka honey

Increasing reliability of manuka honey

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Massey Facilities

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New Zealand Weeds Database

Massey University hosts an online database of over 70 of New Zealand's more troublesome weeds found in agriculture and horticulture.

Each page has information on how to identify the featured weed (with photographs), as well as information about the weed and some suggestions on how best to control it.

Dame Ella Campbell Herbarium MPN

Massey University’s Dame Ella Campbell Herbarium in Palmerston North houses approximately 75,000 plant species used for scientific research.

Herbaria are used for studies related to ecology, geography, systematics, and taxonomy.

The majority of our collection comes from New Zealand, but there are also many specimens from around the world.

The herbarium is open to the public at certain times.

Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre

Massey's Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre (FLRC) provides practical solutions to problems and issues in the primary production sectors of New Zealand, and mechanisms for information transfer between science, industry, policy and regulatory bodies concerned with primary production.

Services include professional development short courses tailored to the needs of science, industry, policy and regulatory bodies concerned with primary production, consultation on a wide range of issues, and a comprehensive analytical service for soil, plant, water (including effluent) and fertiliser materials.

Agricultural Experiment Station

Massey's Agricultural Experiment Station is an international centre of excellence for on-farm teaching and research.

The University sustainably farms 2,000 hectares with 12,000 sheep, 1,000 beef cattle, 1,100 dairy cows and 170 deer, and has a mixed enterprise/grazing/cropping unit.

Find out more about our facilities, capabilities and services by visiting the Massey Agricultural Experiment Station on massey.ac.nz.

Te Puna Whakatipu

Te Puna Whakatipu is a small team within Massey that leads and develops strategic initiatives in the agrifood business space.

It focuses on identifying the big issues where Massey expertise can add value, helps source funding and assembles the best people to deliver on projects that transform the agrifood economy in New Zealand and internationally.

Centre of Excellence for Farm Business Management

Massey University is home to the Centre of Excellence for Farm Business Management, which provides training and professional development, and scholarship opportunities, and undertakes a wealth of research that aims to challenge current thinking, explore new technologies and identify practices and tools to increase farm management capability.

Also known as OneFarm, the Centre is a joint venture between Massey and Lincoln Universities, made possible by the support and funding of DairyNZ and the Primary Growth partnership.


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