It aims to develop, promote and deliver technologies that optimise genetic improvement in the national dairy herd. NZAEL exists to ensure relevant on farm data is captured, data quality is high, data is analysed accurately using world leading analytical methods and outputs are then applied in an appropriate manner.
NZAEL consults with stakeholders that include levy paying dairy farmers, breeding companies, breed societies and any parties interested in the genetic improvement...
NZAEL is managed by Dr Jeremy Bryant.
Jeremy reports to the NZAEL Board that consists of Warren Larsen (Chairman), Professor Hugh Blair, Professor Robert Anderson, Ted Coats, and Michael Spanns. NZAEL consults with stakeholders that include levy paying dairy farmers, breeding companies, breed societies, milk processors and any parties interested in the genetic improvement of the national dairy herd.
A Standing Advisory Committee which consists of representatives from Massey University, Abacus Bio, AgResearch, LIC, CRV Ambreed and Liberty Genetics is tasked with ensuring genetic improvement is optimised by correctly weighting traits of economic importance and using world leading analytical methods of genetic evaluation. The core outputs of Breeding Worth’s and Breeding Value’s for sires and cows are produced by the Animal Evaluation Unit (AEU) that oversees and manages the national genetic evaluation system for cattle.
The NZAEL Board consists of Warren Larsen (Chairman), Professor Hugh Blair, Professor Robert Anderson, Ted Coats, Anna Kempthorne, Scott Montgomerie and Dr Tim Mackle.
Warren Larsen (Independent Chairman)
Warren is a professional director who has considerable experience in the dairy industry, as CEO for the NZ Dairy Board for nine years and Bay Milk Products for 10 years.
Professor Hugh Blair - Technical and Governance
Hugh is a director of research and commercialisation at Massey University, chairman of the Standing Advisory Committee to NZAEL. He has a doctorate in Quantitative Genetics from Massey University, and has teaching, research and consulting expertise in applied animal genetics.
Professor Robert Anderson - Technical and Governance
Robert is the pro-vice chancellor for the College of Sciences at Massey University. He is an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and has a doctorate in Quantitative Genetics from Cornell University, USA.
Ted Coats - Farming Industry
Ted farms in an equity partnership on a 333ha farm at Okoroire in the South Waikato. He is a current director of OSPRI and has held directorships on Dairy InSight/DairyNZ and LIC.
Anna Kempthorne - Farming Industry
Anna is a dairy farmer on a 588 ha property near The Key in Northern Southland. She also does contract work for DairyNZ as a Consulting Officer in Southland.
Scott Montgomerie- Farming Industry
Scott lives in South Auckland where he operates a dairy grazing and cropping operation. He is a majority shareholder and chair of a 800ha dairy farm at Orini in the North Waikato. He is a graduate of the FAME programe and is a member of the Fonterra Directors Remuneration Committee.
Dr. Tim Mackle
Tim Mackle is Chief Executive of DairyNZ. Tim has a PhD from Cornell University, New York and has 20 years' experience in the dairy industry.
Standing Advisory Committee (SAC)
A Standing Advisory Committee is tasked with ensuring genetic improvement is optimised by correctly weighting traits of economic importance and using world leading analytical methods..
The purpose of SAC includes advising NZAEL Management and Directors on new trait evaluation methods that become available for the genetic evaluation of dairy cattle, review the outcomes of the trait evaluation methods previously adopted for the New Zealand Animal Evaluation system for dairy sires and to recommend changes based on these reviews, and provide advice on priorities for research in the area of genetic improvement of dairy cattle in New Zealand matters relating to breeding objectives as they affect genetic evaluations. The members of SAC include:
Professor Hugh Blair (Chairman) - Massey University
Hugh is a director of Research and Commercialisation at Massey University. He has a doctorate in quantitative genetics from Massey University, and has teaching, research and consulting expertise in applied animal genetics.
Dr Bevin Harris - LIC
Bevin is the research leader in Analytical and Learning Systems at LIC. His speciality areas include breeding value estimation, multi trait selection indices, implementing genomic technologies in breeding programs. He has a doctorate in Animal Breeding and Statistics from Iowa State University, USA.
Dr Peter Amer - Abacus Bio Ltd
Peter is a consultant at Abacus Bio Ltd. His speciality areas include breeding value estimation, multi trait selection indices, implementing genomic technologies in breeding programs, economic and genetic analyses of breeding strategies. He has a doctorate in Applied Genetics from University of Guelph, Canada.
Rachel Bloxham - AEU Manager
Rachel is the Animal Evaluation Unit manager. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing routine trait evaluation runs, economic value updates and ensuring data from the animal evaluation unit is translated into practical accessible information for farmers and the dairy industry to use and benefit from.
Phil Beatson - CRV Ambreed
Phil is the Genetic Development Strategist at CRV Ambreed. His speciality areas include cattle breeding.
David Hayman - Liberty Genetics
David is the Sire Analyst at Liberty Genetics. His speciality areas include cattle breeding and reproductive technologies.
Animal Evaluation Unit (AEU)
This unit is responsible for overseeing and undertaking trait evaluation runs, economic value updates and ensuring data from the animal evaluation unit is translated into..
The Animal Evaluation Unit (AEU) is managed by Rachel Bloxham, and supported by Esther Donkersloot. This unit is responsible for overseeing and undertaking trait evaluation runs, economic value updates and ensuring data from the AEU is translated into practical accessible information for farmers and the dairy industry to use and benefit from.
Animal Evaluation Executive Manager
Private Bag 3016
Phone: +64 7 856 0712
Animal Evaluation Analyst
Private Bag 3016
Phone: +64 7 856 0917
NZAEL is managed by Dr Jeremy Bryant. In his role, Jeremy consults with industry and in conjunction with the board sets the direction of research and development for NZAEL...
NZAEL General Manager - Dr Jeremy Bryant
In his role, Jeremy consults with industry and in conjunction with the board sets the direction of research and development for NZAEL, and liaises with service providers to ensure that research and implementation are carried out and evaluation results are communicated in an appropriate manner. He is also responsible for the development and implementation of a forage evaluation system. He has a PhD in quantitative genetics and farm system simulation. He previously worked for AgResearch as systems modeller, and was heavily involved in the development and application of Farmax tools (particularly dairy).
Bioinformatician - Muyiwa Olayemi (Muyi)
In his role, Muyi is responsible for the statistical analysis of NZAEL animal data and FVI forage information. Muyi has extensive knowledge of genetic evaluations in sheep and goat breeding with a PhD on ‘Resistance to gastro intestinal parasites in sheep and goats’. In Muyi’s last position with CEFN Genetics Australia, he was responsible for the genetic evaluation, selection and breeding program for growth rate, feed conversion efficiency and meat quality traits in pigs. Muyi also taught animal genetics at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria for 10 years, so he brings to the team a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Links to sites of relevant societies, organisations...
- Ayrshire New Zealand
- Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders Association of New Zealand Inc
- Holstein Friesian NZ
- Jersey New Zealand
- NZ Milking Shorthorn Association
- Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand
Email any NZAEL enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as possible.
Private Bag 3221
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Dr Jeremy Bryant
Office: +64 7 859 4080
Animal Evaluation Executive Manager
Office: +64 7 856 0712
Genetic Evaluation Developer
Mobile: +64 27 836 6294
Animal Evaluation Analyst
Office: +64 7 856 0917
Office: +64 7 859 4074