Tagged: Sustainability

We are the picture that a child draws of a farm - Stick

Peter Kerr Dec 18, 2012

A child draws a picture of a farm. The sun is shining, the water is clean, the animals are happy. A question could be, ‘What is the name of that picture?’ Our farms, done correctly, are that picture. There’s a … Continue reading → … Read More

If Callaghan Innovation is the answer – remind me again what was the question? - Stick

Peter Kerr Dec 14, 2012

Well, surely I’m not the only one surprised that what was to be the establishment of an Advanced Technology Institute – or a supercharged IRL – somewhat on the model of Taiwan’s ITRI, is instead going to end up as … Continue reading → … Read More

Food & beverage stars for NZ to hitch its wagon to – report - Stick

Peter Kerr Dec 13, 2012

There’s not that many reports you can sit down and study and go – uumm, interesting. But Auckland-based Coriolis has done it (again), and their ‘Investors guide to emerging growth opportunities in NZ food and beverage exports’ is, and I … Continue reading → … Read More

If we knew what we were inventing when we figured it out…..we would’ve named it - Stick

Peter Kerr Dec 11, 2012

The concept of rotational grazing has been around for so long now (but only about 60 years really) that we take it for granted. It is ‘just’ the way we do things at the on farm level, and there’s no … Continue reading → … Read More

What would responsible pastoralism mean? (A strategic ‘glue’) - Stick

Peter Kerr Nov 27, 2012

My contention is, by branding our method (pasture Harmonies) and taking that through on products to the consumer, NZ Inc would become the global custodians for responsible pastoralism. What would that mean? In one word, ‘glue’. I argue that as … Continue reading → … Read More

Callaghan Innovation – time for a concrete and practical illustration of its intent - Stick

Peter Kerr Nov 22, 2012

OK, now that we have the naming of the Advanced Technology Institute out of the way, and its genesis to Callaghan Innovation has been carried out, it’s time to move on from the warm fuzzies. The thinking behind the new … Continue reading → … Read More

We all own our agricultural story…..that’s the problem - Stick

Peter Kerr Nov 20, 2012

This post also runs at pasture Harmonies. The trouble is; we all own New Zealand’s agricultural story. That is, the huge collective effort that went into figuring out, developing and improving the soil, pasture and plant/animal interaction that is our … Continue reading → … Read More

Our agriculture’s much more than the sum of its parts - Stick

Peter Kerr Nov 06, 2012

This post also appears at www.pastureharmonies.org Too much, arguably all the time, we look at all the individual components of our farm production systems……and beat ourselves up about them. We could use less fertiliser, our use of water isn’t that … Continue reading → … Read More