School of Agriculture and Environment

Te Kura Mātauranga mō Ahuwhenua me Te Taiao

No.1 in agriculture in New Zealand


Group of students on riverbed listening to tutor

Our courses focus on the development of sustainable land-based primary industries, and on understanding and managing the geodiversity and biodiversity of New Zealand’s ecosystems.


Massey researcher standing in pasture on No.1 Dairy farm

The School of Agriculture and Environment’s research is focused on taking our primary industries (pastoral agriculture, crops, horticulture and forestry) into a sustainable future, and ensuring the conservation of our indigenous biodiversity and landscapes.


Find out more about the Massey study programmes, research, facilities, services and people working in the School of Agriculture and Environment's areas of specialisation.

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The School of Agriculture and Environment is located on the Manawatū campus in Palmerston North. Our offices and teaching spaces are primarily in the AgHort buildings in the centre of the campus. The campus also plays host to Massey Farms – eight farms spread over 2000 hectares.

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Research centres and groups

Beef Research Centre

Our aim is to undertake quality research consistent with the needs of the New Zealand Beef Industry and to advance scientific knowledge of beef production, welfare, health and biology.

Beef Research Centre

Dairy Research Centre

This Centre consists of scientists, technicians and veterinarians with expertise across a broad range of dairy system and dairy animal research projects. We operate a commercial Farm Services Clinic. We also work with some other milk-producing animals including sheep and goats.

Contact Danny Donaghy

Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre

Massey University's Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre engages in teaching and research on soils, fertilisers and environmental issues in agriculture, horticulture and forestry.

Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre

Innovative River Solutions

The Innovative River Solutions Centre is a hub of expertise on river catchments and provides integrated solutions for the management of New Zealand’s dynamic river systems.

We have staff with expertise in several of the science disciplines within river catchments.

Innovative River Solutions

International Research Centre for the Management of Degraded and Mining Lands

Located in Indonesia, this centre aims to help restore land degraded by mining. Collaborative research is being carried out between Massey, a founding partner, and partners Brawijaya University, the University of Mataram and the Institute of Geochemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The centre grew out of a research project started by Dr Chris Anderson investigating remediation techniques for mercury-contaminated soil using plants.

Contact Chris Anderson

International Sheep Research Centre

The focus of the Centre is to advance the scientific knowledge of sheep production, husbandry, welfare, health, nutrition, reproduction and biology of sheep.

Contact Steve Morris

Joint Graduate School of Horticulture and Food Enterprise

Massey University and Plant & Food Research have jointly created this graduate school to offer students world class learning and research opportunities. Massey's teaching and research expertise is complemented by Plant & Food Research's focus on delivering for industry. Staff work together on research and in teaching.

Joint Graduate School of Horticulture and Food Enterprise

Massey Agritech Partnership

The Partnership is focused on working with industry on research and development to provide relevant, leading-edge agricultural and horticultural technology. We have an active postgraduate student programme and provide site-specific consultancy.

Contact Ian Yule

Monogastric Research Centre

The Centre is an Australasian Centre of Excellence on monogastric species. Research focuses on feed evaluation, nutrition, husbandry and welfare. It provides a focal point for the New Zealand monogastric industries and has extensive international linkages.

Contact Patrick Morel

New Zealand Centre for Precision Agriculture

New Zealand Centre for Precision Agriculture (NZCPA) creates practical land management solutions through the use of leading-edge precision technology tools. Whether you are an individual farmer or a large corporation or government agency, we offer relevant, leading research and site-specific consultancy to help enhance the economic and environmental performance of your land.


New Zealand Life Cycle Management Centre

The Centre is a collaboration between Massey University, AgResearch, Landcare Research, Plant & Food Research and SCION. It works to build capability in life cycle management (LCM) by providing education, training and research to LCM professionals to meet increasing consumer demand for green metrics on products.

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Poultry Research Centre

The Poultry Research Centre (PRC)’s focus is industry-oriented research, contract research, training and education in poultry production. The Centre has an international reputation, particularly in the area of feed evaluation science.

We have excellent facilities for growth, production and metabolism studies of poultry and provide raw material chemical and bioassay services for local industries. We also have expertise and can help with on-farm layer monitoring, benchmarking and, research on animal welfare and husbandry.

Contact Ravi Ravindran


Head of School

Professor Peter Kemp

Professor Kemp is head of the School of Agriculture and Environment, one of the largest departments in the College. His areas of expertise lie in evaluation of herb pastures and agroforestry.

Professor Peter Kemp

Deputy Head of School

Professor Paul Kenyon

Professor Kenyon has a BAgriSc, MAppliedSc and Phd from Massey. He was been involved in various roles at the university in relation to his expertise in sheep husbandry, before becoming the acting head of the School of Veterinary Sciences in 2015. A considerable proportion of his research is undertaken with industry.

Professor Paul Kenyon

General Manager, Massey Farms and Horticultural Units

Allan Still

Allan has extensive experience in managing large scale agricultural corporate businesses nationally, incorporating both the dairy and red meat sectors. He is an active member of key industry organisations like the NZ Institute of Primary Industry Management with directorships including Tuatahi Farming Ltd and Landcorp Holdings Ltd.

Allan Still

Head of Agriculture Group

Dr Janet Reid

Dr Janet Reid is a senior lecturer in agricultural systems. Her research interests range from governance of New Zealand agriculture and farmers knowledge cultures to the role of regional councils and agricultural extension and consultancy.

Dr Janet Reid

Head of Animal Science Group

Professor Hugh Blair

Hugh lectures in animal breeding and genetics. His main research interests are improving the application of animal breeding and genetic technologies to the improvement of production and service animals in New Zealand; understanding developmental programming to improve production animal performance and the study of the genetic causes of diseases.

Professor Hugh Blair

Head of Environmental Sciences Group

Professor Chris Anderson

A soil chemist, Chris's research focuses on the use of plants to extract, degrade or immobilise contaminants in soil. He has significant experience in the application of new environmental chemistry techniques to current science and technology problems.

Professor Chris Anderson

Head of Wildlife and Ecology Group

Professor Murray Potter

Murray is the major leader for the zoology programme at Massey and is actively researching in the area of resolution to human-wildlife conflict. His work experience prior to Massey includes the New Zealand Wildlife Service where he prepared an early draft of the very first species recovery plan in New Zealand.

Professor Murray Potter

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