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 is managed by Dr Jeremy Bryant.
Jeremy reports to the NZAEL Board that consists of Warren Larsen (chairperson), Professor Hugh Blair, Professor Robert Anderson, Ted Coats, Anna Kempthorne, Scott Montgomerie and Tim Mackle.
NZAEL also consults regularly with stakeholders that include dairy farmers, research organisations, breeding companies, breed societies, milk processors and any parties interested in the genetic improvement of the national dairy herd.
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 chairperson)
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, chairperson 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 an 800ha dairy farm at Orini in the North Waikato. He is a graduate of the FAME programme 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 (chairperson) - 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.
Professor Dorian Garrick – Massey University
Dorian’s research interests are broadly involved in the genetic improvement of populations through selection. Dorian views animal breeding in a systems context, involving the integration of knowledge and understanding of business goals, production systems, processing, and marketing, in concert with quantitative and molecular genetics. In recent years, his activities have focused on the use of genomic data to predict offspring performance.
Dr Bevin Harris - LIC
Bevin is the acting chief scientist for 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 for LIC.
Phil Beatson - CRV Ambreed
Phil is the Genetic Development Strategist at CRV Ambreed. His speciality areas include cattle breeding.
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).
Farmer Advisory Panel
The Farmer Advisory Panel was established in late 2016. The panel consists of 7 farmers, who are passionate about dairy cattle genetics and breeding. The purpose of this panel is:
- Assist the NZAEL Board and Management with setting priorities for trait breeding value and economic value enhancement and development from a practical, farmer-based perspective
- Practically and critically evaluate and provide comment on research outcomes before implementation into the animal evaluation system.
- Discuss and provide recommendations related to user and usability matters to the NZAEL Management and Board
- Provide a forum for greater interaction between end users, NZAEL staff, geneticists, and board members.
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: email@example.com and we will respond as soon as possible.
Private Bag 3221
Cnr Ruakura & Morrinsville Rds
Dr Jeremy Bryant
Office: +64 7 859 4080
Genetic Evaluation Developer
Mobile: +64 27 836 6294