Farm and agribusiness

agricultural-systems-research.jpg We focus on research into management systems, to understand the context in which agricultural and environmental activities occur. Our aim is to ensure economic viability while maintaining or improving natural resources.

For more information about our research activity, select individual researchers' names below.

Our expertise

Dairy systems

Dairy systems research covers animal nutrition; sustainable dairy production systems, including environmental impact; dairy heifer rearing; milk quality and composition; dairy cattle housing; lameness; and animal health and welfare. 

Contact Professor Danny Donaghy

Project Dairy 1

Project Dairy 1 is a collaborative ‘living research farm’ project designed to address the issue of how to farm profitably and responsibly within resource limits. The site of the research, Massey University’s Dairy 1 farm, is managed as a profitable, low input, pasture based dairy farm. The farm is employing data richness and smart technologies to meet the needs of low input future farm systems.

Read more about Project Dairy 1

Organic vs conventional dairy systems trial

The organic vs conventional dairy systems trial, set up in 2001 and run for 10 years, was the first comparative grassland-based open-grazing dairy study in the world. It recorded and analysed the spectrum of soils, water, pastures and forage, animal production and health, and economics of both systems. 

Read more about the trial.

Contact Prof Nicola Shadbolt

Farm management

Our research includes farmer decision-making in strategic and tactical management of finance, production, human resource management and marketing; farmer risk management practices; resilient farming systems design; high-performing farming systems; governance, succession planning and farm management tools; technology integration; and farm management consultancy.
Contact Warren Anderson or Dr David Gray

Agricultural extension and innovation systems

We research farmer innovation and learning, and how science, agricultural extension and consultancy can enhance on-farm and industry innovation.

Contact Janet Reid or Dr David Gray


Our research focuses on structure, ownership and governance of agricultural cooperatives in New Zealand and internationally. We are investigating how business culture factors affect the responses of agri-food companies and industries to environmental sustainability.

Contact Dr Elena Garnevska or Prof Nicola Shadbolt or A/Prof Sarah McLaren

Centre of Excellence in Farm Business Management

The Centre of Excellence in Farm Business Management is a collaboration between Massey and Lincoln Universities, supported by Dairy NZ. It is dedicated to increasing farm business management capability.

Contact Prof Nicola Shadbolt


  • Dr Liz Dooley

    Dr Liz Dooley

    Senior Research Officer - School of Agriculture


  • Dr Elena Garnevska

    Dr Elena Garnevska

    Senior Lecturer in Agribusiness - School of Agriculture


  • Dr David Gray

    Dr David Gray

    Senior Lecturer in Farm Management - School of Agriculture


  • Dr Thiagarajah Ramilan

    Dr Thiagarajah Ramilan

    Senior Lecturer in Agribusiness - School of Agriculture


  • Eva Schroer-Merker

    Eva Schroer-Merker

    Senior Tutor - School of Agriculture


  • Prof Nicola Shadbolt

    Prof Nicola Shadbolt

    Professor in Farm & AgriBusiness Management - School of Agriculture


  • Dr Muhammad Imran Siddique

    Dr Muhammad Imran Siddique

    Postdoctoral Fellow


  • Associate Professor Peter Tozer

    Associate Professor Peter Tozer

    Associate Professor in Farm Management - School of Agriculture


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