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More farmland adds to university's portfolio
THE LINCOLN University
Research Dairy Farm (LURDF)
will be expanding by 20 hectares
for the 2013-2014 milking season
and beyond as part of an
Established in 2009 and
located immediately north-west
of the university s Selwyn
campus, the farm comprises
55ha, with university-owned land
adjacent it to be added to the
This is part of Lincoln
University s planned upgrade of
its portfolio of farms. I am
hopeful that we can increase our
holdings in education, research
and demonstration farms. It is a
time-honoured way to remain
relevant to farmers and
students, vice-chancellor Dr
Andrew West said.
Grant Edwards, joint Lincoln
University-DairyNZ Professor of
Dairy Production, said the farm
had run out of space to expand its
research and development.
The land will allow capacity
and flexibility to grow
postgraduate and industry-
funded research, including work
related to the DairyNZ Forage
Value Index, and the Pastoral 21,
Phase 2 project Next Generation
Dairy Systems for Canterbury .
The farm supports about
$2.5 million a year of research
projects and is used for
undergraduate and post-
graduate projects with about
1000 student visits each year.
The university is funding the
development of the farm as part
of its capital programme.
Lincoln University s
announcement of the expansion
of its LURDF signals its
intention to develop the 3900ha
of farmland under its
Earlier this month, the
university formed a farms
committee to help oversee this
and other developments.
Sign of the Zodiac
stars at Beef Expo
BEST OF ALL: Zodiac being paraded
at this year's Beef Expo.
AN 850-kilogram simmental bull
not yet two years old, Zodiac, beat
other best bulls from each of the
breeds to win the Champion of
Champions award at Beef Expo in
He was bred by Tony and
Glennis Thompson in Central
Hawke s Bay and sold for $6000.
Zodiac was up against six other
winners of their breeds, including
the hereford, angus, gelbvieh and
Thompson said he started
breeding cattle in 1970 and had
been coming to Beef Expo at
Feilding since 1979.
He said he hadn t picked Zodiac
out as a potential winner when he
was born and growing on the
farm, but the woman working
with him, Sue Wylie, had.
She saw something in him. She
always told me that this was going
to be the bull. Call it women s
intuition that I don t have.
Thompson said Wylie always
had a lot of faith in Zodiac, but he
thought there were better bulls.
Zodiac was a good-natured bull,
and easy to handle, he said.
He s just such a well-balanced
bull -- he s got the length and
thickness and good muscle
He also has a lovely sire s
presence and head on him.
Bigger is better in the bull-
world. Zodiac s scrotal
circumference was 40 centimetres.
Larger testes mean more sperm
and a bull can work his magic
(service) with more cows.
The Champion of Champions
has been running for 23 years,
with angus taking top honours
eight times, hereford seven times
and shorthorn four times.
Simmentals have been on the
honour board only twice before
this year s win.
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