Aparima Community Environment (ACE) Project


The Aparima Community Environment (ACE) project is made up of six farmer-led catchment groups that have come together within the Aparima river catchment to develop and implement the “building our future together with our community project” over a three-year period. 

ACE have been granted funding for this project through Thriving Southland’s Change and Innovation Project. Thriving Southland supports and enables community catchment groups to work together for a better future for all.  The Change and Innovation Project is funded through the Ministry of Primary Industries’ Sustainable Land Use Programme.

Aparima Community Environment Group

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We will be using an online site called Slido to help facilitate interactive Q&A, collect your questions in advance of the event, and hear your feedback via live polls. Join the conversation here.

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Future Farming Expo 2021

With increased awareness of our impact on land and water as well as shifting consumer behaviour, there is a real opportunity for the food & fibre sectors to meet these challenges.

Join the ACE Catchments in a discussion with industry leader experts on how the food & fibre sectors are researching, innovating and leading to reduce the farming environmental footprint.

With speakers from Agresearch, Otago University, Lincoln University, DairyNZ, Beef & Lamb and Fonterra, it will be a hands on day of what future farming system may look like.

Interactive displays showcasing breakthrough farming technology and innovation along with alternative farming concepts.



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Some of the Future Farm Expo speakers:

​Ron Pellow

Ron will be talking about future farms systems. As Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Leader of Farm Planning, and with nearly 10 years leading the South Island Dairying Development Centre (SIDDC) and the activities of the Lincoln University Dairy Farm (LUDF), he has some great insights!

Dr. Ant Roberts

Qualifications: Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree (1st Class Honours); Ph D (Soil Science)

Prior to joining Ravensdown in 2002, I was an agricultural scientist for 22 years working for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and AgResearch. I have published 65 refereed Scientific Journal or Conference papers, a further 70 scientific or extension conference papers, 5 book chapters and 4 extension booklets.

My research and consultancy interests have included soil fertility, organics, agronomy, heavy metal accumulation in agriculture, environmental performance indicator monitoring and interpretation, and waste utilisation or disposal to grazed pasture.  I have also worked in Tasmania, mainland Australia, Japan, Chile, Niue Island and South Africa. I am a Fellow of the New Zealand Soil Science Society.

​Nigel Woodhead

Since winning the 2017 FMG Young Farmer of the Year title, Nigel has been involved in exciting Innovation projects and using newly developed technology to produce lambs in the laboratory without the need for breeding ewes. Interesting stuff!

Frank Griffin

Frank graduated BA(Mod) in Microbiology in 1967 and completed a PhD in Bovine Reproductive Immunology, at the Vet School (1970) in Trinity College Dublin. He is currently Emeritus Professor-in-Immunology in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Otago where he was appointed Lecturer in Immunology in 1973. He is the author of more than 200 scientific publications and is a consultant to many international committees and consortia.  He recently retired as Director of the Disease Research Laboratory where, in collaboration with AgResearch Invermay, he developed vaccines and diagnostic techniques for yersiniosis, tuberculosis (TB) in deer and paratuberculosis (Johne’s disease) in cattle, deer and sheep. His current field of interest is how stress, host genetics and modern farming practices influence immunity and disease resilience in domestic livestock. For the past 5 years he has been  Director of an Agricultural Research Theme at the University of Otago called Ag@Otago,  that involves more than 60 researchers with an interest in Agriculture, Food and Ecology. He is currently Convenor of a new degree programme in Applied Science at UoO titled Agricultural Innovation

Louise Cook

Louise is general manager of farm operations for the Southern Demonstration Research farm, near Invercargill. Louise has been involved in the dairy industry for 12 years – as a consulting officer with DairyNZ, business manager for Landcorp, general manager of farming for PKW Farms in Taranaki, and demonstration manager at Owl Farm.  

In 2014, Louise graduated from the Escalator Agri-Women’s Development Trust leadership and governance programme. Louise believes that as an industry we must be the most self-critical group out there and continue to ensure our focus remains on what our industry must control and contribute to environmental improvement. 

Dr David Stevens

Farm Systems Specialist, Invermay Research Centre, researching farming systems; genetic interactions with nutrition; promoting and contributing to the implementation of new technologies which will enhance on-farm productivity, profitability and sustainability. A current emphasis is on the impacts of and alternatives to current winter feeding systems. Over 70 Journal articles, 60 conference articles, 6 book chapters and numerous (400-500) presentations to industry, across a broad range of disciplines, demonstrating the collaborative nature of my career. I have also co-developed 3 websites for industry, including the first NZ intake calculator to be available as a phone app, for the deer industry, and featured in podcasts and video presentations for industry.

Leading research into systems-wide implications of the application of virtual fencing technology for the NZ beef industry as a partner with Agersens, Gallagher and Pamu.

Dr Richard Muirhead

Richard is a Senior Scientist, Environmental Science South Team with AgResearch based at Ivermay, Dunedin. Prior to shifting to Invermay, Richard worked for AgResearch and the Meat Industry Research Institute of New Zealand (MIRINZ) in Hamilton.

He graduated with a PhD from Otago University in 2006 on the topic of “The association of E.coli and soil particles in overland flow”. M.Sc from Waikato University (2001) on “Faecal contamination and flood events in a rural stream”.
Richard's professional interests include Faecal microbial contamination of rivers and the impact on public health from contract recreation. In particular the connectivity between the source of faecal material and the hydrology that drives the movement of microbes from the land (or other source) to the stream and modelling the impact against water quality metrics.  Developing mitigations or best management practices (BMPs) to reduce these losses.  The use of digital technologies to support environmental outcomes.

Kasi McReddie

Kasi is the Business Development Manager: Livestock & Aquaculture at Agri-EPI.

Kasi comes from a dairy farming background and has specific expertise is biotech solutions to animal and environmental health challenges. She has worked within the Agri-Tech Centres since 2018, having previously been employed within the Business Development team at sister Centre, CIEL. Kasi have previously worked in the US, Egypt and India in a variety of agri-food roles and as a Masters student. At Agri-EPI, Kasi leads on driving new project opportunities through the Centre’s Livestock & Aquaculture facilities. She is focussed on identifying and managing key relationships within Agri-EPI’s membership base and the wider livestock industry both in the UK & overseas, as well as building consortia, steering and coordinating projects and find funding for a pipeline of innovative projects.

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