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AgResearch is a Government-owned Crown Research Institute (CRI) focused on supporting the pastoral sector through scientific research and development.

New Zealand depends on the primary sector for its economic growth. The New Zealand pastoral sector generates export revenues in excess of $18.6 billion per annum, nearly half of merchandise exports.

AgResearch has an important role to play in helping drive this economic engine through innovation, and will do this through the provision of research and transfer of technology and knowledge in partnership with key stakeholders, including industry, government and Māori.

The following table outlines AgResearch's strategic goals and priorities aligned with stakeholder needs and shareholder expectations. 

Outcome area

Sector outcome goals

Priority impacts

Dairy On-Farm

Outcome 1:
Increasing farm profitability

Outcome 2:

Internationally competitive milk supply
which maximises returns to farmers

Impact 1:
Improved production from
home-grown feed

Impact 2:

Improved rate of genetic gain in the national herd

Impact 3:

Improved animal health and milk quality

Impact 4:

Adoption of new farm management practices which improve productivity

Impact 5:

Control targets met for nationally monitored diseases

Impact 6:

Improved animal welfare

Meat & Fibre On-Farm

Outcome 3:
Improved productivity and profitability of sheep and beef farms

Impact 7:
Improved productivity from forage

Impact 8:

Improved productivity from meat animals

Impact 9:

Improved animal health status of meat animals

Impact 10:

Continuous improvement in farm management practices

Dairy Off-Farm

Outcome 4:
Transform the contribution from dairy products and food solutions to the New Zealand economy

Impact 11:
New high-value dairy and food solutions, products and processes

Meat & Fibre (Off-Farm)

Outcome 5:
Improve long-term profitability and
sustainability of the red meat sector

Outcome 6:

Transform the New Zealand wool
industry to increase returns to growers and the New Zealand economy

Impact 12:
Meat products and processes which
consistently meet the needs of existing and new markets

Impact 13:

Improved processing efficiency

Impact 14:

Higher value wool products

Pan-Sector and Māori Agribusiness

Outcome 7:
Position New Zealand as a global leader in the development of environmentally sustainable, safe and ethical pastoral production systems and products

Outcome 8:

Realise the growth potential of Māori
freehold land and land governed by
Māori organisations

Impact 15:
Reduced environmental footprint of pastoral farming operations

Impact 16:

Practical policy solutions developed and adopted

Impact 17:

Improved on-farm productivity in Māori agribusiness enterprises

Impact 18:

New products from Māori agribusiness enterprises


 Related links

Statement of Core Purpose
Statement of Corporate Intent
Annual Report
About Crown Research Institutes