Acting Science Group Leader
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The Animal Science group encompasses a wide range of disciplines, with the purpose of improving the nutrition, health, quality traits and reproductive performance of animals to achieve efficient and sustainable animal production, and delivery of high quality animal products.
We use a broad range of nutrition, physiology and genomics-based research tools to improve economically important traits such as survival, growth rate, health, fecundity, meat and milk production (yield and quality) and disease resistance while minimising environmental impact and use of chemicals in ruminant livestock production.
Our teams have recognised expertise in the parasitic and infectious diseases of pastoral livestock, animal genomics, genome editing, ruminant nutrition and animal physiology including reproduction and microbiology behind healthy, productive and efficient ruminant livestock.
Our research covers the spectrum of fundamental to applied science that focuses on high-quality, science-driven research. We have access to fully-equipped dairy, sheep and beef farms with modern facilities for on-farm animal trials, and fully equipped animal facilities for more detailed trials for small and large ruminants including the NZ Ruminant Methane Measurement Centre. Our laboratory facilities are well appointed to support the range of research undertaken and we have access to NZ’s only EPA-approved outdoor containment unit for genetically modified livestock.