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Fieldays 2019

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This article was published on 3 July 2019

We were at the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest showcase of agricultural technology and innovation. It was great to see you there!

12-15 June 2019
Mystery Creek, Hamilton

The iconic New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek, Hamilton, is the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest agricultural event, showcasing New Zealand’s world-beating agricultural technology and innovation. This year it took place 12-15 June.

As New Zealand’s innovation agency, Callaghan Innovation was there in our role to activate innovation and help businesses grow faster for a better New Zealand. Our 2019 Fieldays programme highlighted the latest innovations in key areas for agritech including robotics and automation, nutrient management, satellite, UAV and IoT.

Here is an overview to some of the activities we were part of during Fieldays this year. 

Download a full schedule here: PDF icon Callaghan Innovation Fieldays Seminars and Innovation Tours

Agritech Seminar Series

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  • How robotics and automation can boost productivity

Labour shortages and reduced productivity are an ongoing challenge for the agricultural industry. Robotics and automation offer major opportunities for farming, with the potential to complete repetitive on-farm tasks, freeing up skilled farmworkers.    

This seminar showcased some of these technologies – including autonomous robots, software and AI - and how they’re being used to increase farm productivity. 
  • Sustainable farming practices: managing on-farm nutrients.

Sustainable farming practices are critical to New Zealand’s agricultural future. Government is committed to supporting sustainable farming and is establishing dedicated funds to support innovative solutions. 

Agritech innovations are being used to address effluent management, reduce GHG emissions from livestock, and provide better pastoral management and reliable on-farm monitoring techniques. 
This seminar showcased some of the companies working in this space and the technology being developed to assist with on-farm nutrient management. This tech can help farmers meet regulatory requirements and make better use of resources for greater productivity and returns.
  • The power of connected farms: Satellite, UAVs and IoT Technology 

New technologies are being used to enable better, more accurate on-farm monitoring and management, giving farmers the ability to make informed decisions about land and stock, and increase productivity. 

Agritech companies are using satellite technology to drive smart farm applications, delivering innovations in automated feeding systems, virtual fencing and on-farm management systems.
This seminar showcased some of the products and services using satellite connectivity and introduces the NZ Aerospace Challenge looking at how space-based data could revolutionise the agritech sector. 

Innovation Tours

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These group tours highlighted some of the New Zealand innovations that are solving problems for farmers locally and internationally. Each one-hour, guided walking tour followed a different theme and offered participants the chance to hear short talks on new technologies and innovations.

  • Robotics and automation: 
  • Nutrient management
  • Satellite, UAV and IoT


Fieldays Innovation Awards 

The Fieldays Innovation Awards showcase new products from New Zealand and help winners grow their businesses by introducing them to the marketplace and facilitating networks to commercial success.  

This year's winner of the Callaghan Innovation Award for Partnership & Collaboration was Ārepa. The award recognises New Zealand agriculture businesses or products that have demonstrated strong and successful collaboration and/or partnerships with a research, market or business partner. Ārepa were awarded a $3,000 prize package, comprising a combination of cash and services.


Find out more at the Fieldays website.


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