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Animal performance

Livestock is the cornerstone of New Zealand’s export earnings.

Improving the performance of animals is key to maintaining a future in these industries. AgResearch’s scientific expertise in areas including genomics and transgenics not only improves the efficiency of existing systems, but demonstrates the value of developing new technologies.


Improving livestock breeding using cutting-edge more.

Health & nutrition

Vaccine development
Developing a better understanding of infectious diseases of animals and the processes of the more.


Flock of sheep with mountains in background
Environmentally friendly farming practices that will protect our land and more.


Test tubes
We undertake a wide range of research and provide comprehensive more.

Behaviour & welfare

Scientist with a fresian calf
Understanding animal behaviour and improving their more.

Growth & development

Deer and fawn
Understanding growth patterns and the role they play in boosting animal more. 


Dairy cattle on a rotary milking platform
Research into improving and growing the meat, dairy and wool outputs of more.