Funding and research partners
This is a seven-year partnership programme funded by New Zealand dairy farmers through DairyNZ Incorporated with matched co-funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and aligned core funding for fertility from AgResearch. Additional funding and resources provided by Fonterra, LIC and CRV Ambreed support this key science platform.
The research team led by DairyNZ involves:
- Victoria University Wellington
- Cognosco (a division of Anexa Animal Health)
- University of Queensland
- Massey University
- Monash University
- University of Auckland
- New Zealand Animal Evaluation Limited
Piller I: Cow fertility
The profitability of dairy farming could be increased by $500 million per year if industry targets for reproductive performance are achieved.
These targets will not be achieved using current knowledge and technologies alone. A biological breakthrough is required.
Piller II: Cow lifetime productivity
Little is currently known about animal wastage and under-performance in New Zealand dairy systems.
The focus of this project is to investigate involuntary culls, deaths and poor health in NZ dairy cows.