Beef and Lamb New Zealand has appointed a chairman and
general manager to run the new entity Beef and Lamb New
Former Landcorp chief executive and Massey University
chancellor Chris Kelly will chair the Beef and Lamb New
Zealand Genetics Board and Graham Alder, the former genetics
business manager of Zoetis, has been appointed general
manager of Beef and Lamb New Zealand Genetics.
The appointments follow the successful vote at the Beef and
Lamb New Zealand annual meeting to combine the organisation's
current genetics investments.
This means Sheep Improvement Ltd (the national sheep genetic
dataset), the Beef and Lamb New Zealand Central Progeny Test
and Ovita, with added investment in beef genetics, come
together with government funds to create the new entity Beef
and Lamb New Zealand Genetics.
Beef and Lamb New Zealand will continue its annual investment
of $2.9 million a year for the next five years. The
Government's contribution is $3 million a year over the
Beef and Lamb New Zealand chief executive Scott Champion said
it was an exciting time as the work planned would be speeding
up genetics gains to match market requirements and deliver
more profitable sheep and cattle.
''Investment will be made in a range of research and of
particular focus will be finding the traits that thrive on
hill country as increasingly this is where New Zealand sheep
and beef production is based as flatter land changes to
dairy,'' Dr Champion said.
There were estimated genetic gains of $742 million for the
sector over the next 20 years and this should be a confidence
booster for sheep and beef farmers nationwide, he said.