• 15 May 2014

    Microbial tools attract interest

    Farming people along the east coast of the South Island were introduced to the power of microbes as farming tools at six successful seminars from the AgBoard in May.

    Microbe Seminars

    Presenters from Lincoln University, Pioneer™ brand products, BioBrew™ and the AgBoard led interesting discussions about classic biocontrol, probiotic products, silage inoculants, the AgBoard’s probiotic calf trial and pasture bio-stimulants.

    Approximately 85 people attended the seminars in Ashburton, Papakaio, Outram, Clydevale, Wyndham and Winton. There was interest from commercial firms, dairy farmers, sheep & beef farmers, goat farmers, horticulturalists, farm advisors and reporters.

    Andre Prassinos from BioBrew said the seminars were a superb example of direct communication amongst researchers, commercial enterprises and the farmers they hope to serve:

    “It was great when the presentations developed into robust conversations with presenters learning as much as the attendees. BioBrew Ltd hopes these workshops become a regular fixture in the fabric of information exchange in the agricultural sector.”

    Projects Manager for the AgBoard Malcolm Deverson was keen to present some solid science behind these new and developing tools, and he wasn’t disappointed:

    “Craig Bunt from Lincoln and Jakob Kleinmans from Pioneer™ especially were top-class, highly informed presenters. It was great to have their involvement alongside sponsor BioBrew™, a brewer of fresh probiotic products.”

    There is lots of anecdotal evidence of positive effects on farm of the use of beneficial microbes and the AgBoard is keen to work with companies and science groups to put strong science around these opportunities.

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