Agriculture Minister visits LIC to check out its genomic analysis technology

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor today visited LIC to view its herd testing facilities and new multi-million genomic analysis technology which will ultimately put the dairy industry in a stronger position as it prepares for its role in New Zealand’s economic recovery after COVID-19.

The Minister toured LIC’s Riverlea Road herd testing and GeneMark facility in Hamilton with LIC’s Chief Executive, Wayne McNee, Chief Scientist Richard Spelman and General Manager Operations and Service David Chin.  He was impressed with the delivery capabilities of the new equipment installed just last week which will test around 300,000 calves this spring, delivering significant benefits to farmers and ultimately New Zealand.

LIC’s Wayne McNee says the newly-installed Illumina technology from the USA will enable dairy farmers to better identify their most productive animals and reduce the risk of culling offspring of top-performing cows. Continue reading

LIC launches tool to help farmers reduce environmental footprint

New Zealand agritech cooperative LIC has launched a new tool to help dairy farmers keep in step with increasing demands to reduce their environmental footprint.

LIC says its new HoofPrint™ index provides farmers with accurate insights on bulls born since 1 January 2009 that have the potential to breed dairy herds with a lighter environmental footprint – cows that produce less methane and nitrogen per kilogram of milk solids.

Each year LIC produces a catalogue showcasing bulls available for use within the upcoming mating season. This year’s Genetics Catalogue has the addition of the new HoofPrint™ index which enables farmers to select bulls based on their predicted ability to generate daughters with a lower environmental impact. Continue reading

Wayne McNee to quit ministry job to become CEO of Livestock Improvement Corporation

Wayne McNee, chief executive of the Primary Industries Ministry, has quit to take up the job of chief executive of Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC). He succeeds Mark Dewdney, who leaves the genetics co-operative at the end of next month.

McNee will join Hamilton-based company on July 29. David Hemara will serve as acting chief executive until then.

A report at Stuff quoted from an email McNee sent to MPI staff:

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