Excellence in Innovation

Current Research

Here you will find information on our current research projects.

Through our research we aim to challenge current thinking, to explore new technologies and identify practices and tools to increase farm management capability.

Massey and Lincoln researchers and students work with the industry to ensure our work is informed from multiple perspectives.

Our research outcomes are an important part of our teaching programmes.

If you have any questions regarding our research please do get in touch either by using the comments box at the bottom of each page, or by emailing a Team member directly.

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Primary Innovation

Primary Innovation is an agricultural innovation system approach to increasing science impact. It is a programme of new approaches to enable more effective technology transfer and adoption. It is also...

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Dairy Farm Systems for the Future

How best to identify and design farming systems best suited to the changing environment and farmer circumstances is a challenge in today’s volatile world.Key questions that we seek to answer are: What...

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Financial Management Tools on Dairy Farms

This work follows on from the previous research and development work conducted by OneFarm in evaluating farm tools. This year, case studies will be conducted with four dairy farmers using two to three...

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Dairy Farm Succession: Rural Professionals working with family dairy farming businesses

There has been little research conducted on rural professions contribution to succession planning despite their important role here.  This proposed research with Rural Professionals working with dairy...

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Marginal Imperative Project

Is the marginal imperative alive and kicking? Does it manifest itself through data and, by inference, farmer behaviour? Economic theory shows that farm decision makers can operate optimal production s...

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How dairy consultants help farmers design improved farming systems

DairyNZ have developed a training programme to improve the capability of novice consultants and this is being tested across seven consultancy firms. One important source of knowledge that would be use...

The Farm Business Management Toolbox

Farm tools (software, packages, apps) are used by farmers and consultants to assist with farm decision making. Consequently industry, and DairyNZ as well as Red Meat Profit Partnership as its represen...

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Agri Tech Review

Raise the baaaaa with new Beef + Lamb benchmarking tools

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Advanced Farm Systems Modelling

Twelve week professional development course

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The Farm Governance Advisory Training Programme

Twelve week professional development course

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Dairy Production Systems

A short course from Agri One Ltd

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Introduction to Agriculture in New Zealand

An introductory short course offered by Agri One Ltd


Essentials of Farm Financial Management

A 4 week course from Agri One.

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Farm Environmental Management Trainging

Using a farm environment plan framework, this training will provide you with technical and practical skills and knowledge to identify environmental risks on farm and develop action plans for change.

Innovation Systems

Primary Innovation

An agricultural innovation system approach to increasing science impact

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Agri Tech Review

“Less buzz words, more action”- MobileTECH 2016, Rotorua New Zealand

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New Zealand Dairy Farmers and Risk

Research by Nicola Shadbolt and Team

Buffer Capacity

Resilience of New Zealand Dairy Farm Businesses

By Nicola Shadbolt, Femi Olubode-Awosola and Bvundzai Rutsito


Beef + Lamb NZ - Production Calculator

Downloadable excel spreadsheet to determine a farm's meat and wool production


Beef + Lamb NZ - Benchmarking Tool

Interactive Benchmarking Tool to find out key performance indicators are for farm classes in your region and see how you compare.


FAR Electronic Tools

A range of FAR tools are available for download on the FAR website. These will assist with predominantly arable users.