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NZ Grassland Association Inc

About Us

The aim of the New Zealand Grassland Association (NZGA) is “to enhance pastoral agriculture” through providing a forum for communication of science, technology and knowledge.

Formed in 1931, the NZGA facilitates discussion on grassland farming, and promotes the value of research and its application. Our membership includes a wide range of scientists, consultants, agribusiness and farmers – making it truly “fuelled by science and tempered by experience.”

Join the NZGA for access to a forum of leading members of the New Zealand pastoral industry, access to independent, impartial, credible research results, as well as valuable networking opportunities.

Each year we hold a national conference, alternating between the North and South Island locations, covering a wide range of topics. The conference is well known for its friendly atmosphere, its ready access to current grassland science and best farm practice, and typically attracts 250 to 500 attendees.

The NZGA has an unmatched electronic database of conference papers from 1931 through to the present.

Each year we produce 6-8 newsletters to keep members in touch with topical information and events in the pastoral industry at both local and National levels.

In addition the NZGA organises occasional symposia on topics of interest to both researchers and farmers that range from Advances in Plant Breeding, Dryland Legumes, Ryegrass Endophyte, to Nutrition and Management of Deer on Grazing Systems and Pasture Persistence.

The rules of the Association and past financial documents can be downloaded here.

The Journal of New Zealand Grasslands

  • This Journal is published once annually in November.
  • NZGA has an appointed editor.
  • The Editorial Board comprises the members of the NZGA Executive.
  • There is an annual call for papers but also periodic calls for papers for special issues (the Research and Practice series).

Papers included in this publication are:

  • Refereed by two anonymous reviewers with scientific expertise relevant to the topic.
  • Authors were required to amend their papers accordingly and amended papers were re-reviewed by the editor and if necessary sent back to referees for further consideration. before acceptance for publication.
  • The papers are peer-reviewed to ensure quality and consistency. 

LIFE MEMBERS

NA Cullen, JFL Charlton, GW Sheath, DR Woodfield, RJ Lucas, TJ Fraser, M Yorke, J Morton, E Thom, JP Garden

LEVY ORATION

In 2012 the Executive introduced to the conference programme the Levy Oration in honour of an early pioneer of grassland science Sir Bruce Levy. This oration allows an invited speaker time to speak on the topic of their choosing.

2012 JP Garden - Ideas, Innovation and Resilience

2013 Dr RJM Hay - Challenges for the pastoral sector

2014 J Morton - Agricultural Science and Extension

2015 Professor C Holmes - Video presentation - NZ Dairy farmers have lost their competitive edge” How did this happen? What must be done now?

2016 Richard Green Lessons learnt and future opportunities

Online publicatioNs database

Online access to 75 years of technical papers published by the Association

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