Author Archives: Keith Woodford

About Keith Woodford

Keith Woodford is an independent consultant, based in New Zealand, who works internationally on agri-food systems and rural development projects. He holds honorary positions as Professor of Agri-Food Systems at Lincoln University, New Zealand, and as Senior Research Fellow at the Contemporary China Research Centre at Victoria University, Wellington.

How leasehold values have influenced High-Country reform

Some 20 percent of the South Island is what is commonly called the ‘High Country’.  These are the pastoral lands that lie to the east of the alpine spine that runs the length of the island. These are also the … Continue reading

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High Country Tenure and Quiet Enjoyment

The New Zealand high country has been undergoing remarkable changes in land tenure over the last 20 years.  Much of the marginal pastoral land has moved into the conservation estate, and much of the better pastoral land has shifted from … Continue reading

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Mycoplasma bovis is unlikely to go away

It now seems likely that Mycoplasma bovis is in New Zealand to stay. Just like the rest of the world, we must learn how to live with it. We do not yet have to give up totally on hopes of … Continue reading

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Dairy on-farm debt leaves little headroom

The latest statistic for on-farm dairy debt held by banks was $40.9 billion at October 2017. This equates to $22 per kg milksolids. Despite the major upturn in dairy prices of more than 50 percent that occurred between July and … Continue reading

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How can we make dairy sustainable?

The big challenge for New Zealand dairy is how it can become sustainable in the coming decades. This sustainability includes both financial and environmental sustainability. And it needs to occur in the context of both scepticism and some antipathy from … Continue reading

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Mycoplasma riddle is far from solved

For most New Zealand dairy farmers, the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak in South Canterbury is now little more than background noise.  However, dairy and even beef farmers would be wise to recognise that it could still be lurking anywhere in New … Continue reading

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The challenges of disseminating A1 and A2 beta-casein research

Those of us involved with research relating to A1 and A2 beta-casein know all too well the challenges of publishing and disseminating that research.  Given the extent to which beta-casein research challenges established positions, some of which are held by … Continue reading

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