ARL started as a public-private partnership. Founded in June of 1981 by a couple of
entrepreneurs in Hawke’s Bay, the laboratory was for a period run in partnership with a
Crown Research Institute, AgResearch.
Since our inception, ARL has been known for its reliability, efficacy, and drive to give our clients the best. We’ve come a long way from our humble beginnings in the 1980s, to supporting the Hawke’s Bay growers with fruit and wine testing in the late 1990s and eventually in the 2000s, becoming a full-fledged agricultural and horticulture-focused laboratory supporting all of NZ – specialising in soil, plant, feed and fertiliser testing.
Through the years, we’ve invested in our technology, people, capability, automation and productivity – ensuring our customers get quality reports in a timely manner at the lowest cost. Our modern laboratory features state-of-the-art instrumentation and adopts scientifically verified analyses, improved over decades of experience to ensure the greatest quality, accuracy and reliability for our clients.
We are committed to innovation, creative problem-solving, and customer satisfaction, and are proud to have been:
ARL is a part of the Ravensdown group and proudly provides lab-based testing services for all Ravensdown’s farmers, growers, agri-managers, agronomists and science research projects. While we are part of the Ravensdown group, we maintain an arms-length relationship and are a separate stand-alone company to ensure independence.
Today, ARL offers an extensive range of soil, plant, feed quality, and effluent analysis suites. These testing services provide information essential to measuring and managing the health and productivity of your soil, crops, and animals.
Soil testing establishes the nutrient status (the reservoir) of the soil. It is the first step in designing a fertiliser program. It does not, however, indicate whether plants grown in the soil are capturing all of the nutrients available or if the nutrients they need are in the correct proportions.
Plant analysis indicates whether the plant has the right amount and balance of nutrients for optimal production. These analyses are helpful tools for assessing trace element status for animal health, pastoral herbage, and in arable and horticultural crops.
Soil testing and plant analysis are best used in conjunction with each other to give you the best picture of your block and crop. They empower you by giving you the data you need to make informed decisions.
Since our inception and early days, ARL has been known for its reliability, efficacy, and drive to give our clients the best.