AgResearch has made some changes to its plan to slash
jobs at Invermay, but the majority of staff will still be
moving north to Lincoln.
Invermay staff, along with those affected by planned
restructuring at AgResearch's other campuses, learnt their
fate today, with the organisation making a final announcement
- as signalled in today's Otago Daily Times.
There were some changes made to its plans for the Invermay
campus, with three deer researchers no longer relocating to
Lincoln and the creation of two new science roles.
These changes mean an increase in staff at its Invermay
campus from a projected 26 by 2017 in its original business
case, to a projected 38 in its current plan.
It would also be retaining the Invermay farm and its
900-strong deer herd.
However, the majority of staff, including its genomics
capability, would still be shifting to Lincoln.
As part of the announcement, University of Otago also
confirmed they would be co-locating between five and 10
genomics staff and sequencing equipment with AgResearch at
the Invermay campus.
AgResearch chief executive Dr Tom Richardson said it welcomed
the opportunity to work alongside staff from the university
''We look forward to working further with them, and other
organisations, to explore opportunities to co-locate more
staff at Invermay, which will undoubtedly add to the long
term vibrancy of the campus,'' Dr Richardson said.
Both organisations were also ''exploring further
opportunities to share infrastructure on a temporary or
permanent basis'', the media release said.
AgResearch would also be establishing an animal productivity
relationship management role at Invermay, with the
responsibility to maintain relationships with Otago and
Southland animal science collaborators and farmers.
Dr Richardson said retaining the Invermay farm would help
secure its future as a world-class science facility.
''It was always intended that the Invermay campus be retained
as a hub for regional farm systems and environmental
''The changes we have made to the plan will enhance that
role,'' he said.