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Did You Know

See below for a list of ‘Did You Know’ articles relating to Future farming.

There is a gene in cattle that determines whether the meat will be tender or tough.

It has been estimated that by 2011 New Zealand's commercial forests will produce 1.5 million cubic metres of logs for market.

There are no commercially grown GM crops in New Zealand.

A cow that is loosing weight when she gets in calf is more likely to conceive a female than male.

New Zealand is the largest producer of King Salmon (a fish native to the northern Pacific region) in the Southern Hemisphere.

Greenshell mussels, king salmon, oysters, pāua and seaweed are the main products of the New Zealand aquaculture industry.

A female King Salmon will lay between 3000 and 7000 eggs during the breeding season.

New Zealand's first King Salmon farm was set up in 1983 off Stewart Island.

Aquaculture is not a new thing at all! It was being practised in China as early as 25000 BC, when carp were being farmed in man-made ponds.

King Salmon live in the salt water of the ocean as adults, but swim up rivers and streams into fresh water to breed. This behaviour is described as anadromous.

In 2003, biotech crops were grown on more than 167 million acres in 18 countries. Since they were first grown commercially in 1996, biotech crop acreage has increased 40-fold.

The average ear of corn has 800 kernels, arranged in 16 rows. There is one piece of silk for each kernel.

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