Mark is stepping down due to his other commitments and interests in New Zealand and internationally – and to spend more time with his family. He will continue to support the sector as a strong voice for farmers in animal genetics.
“New Zealand’s genetics landscape will continue to evolve,” he says. “Any changes need to be robust enough to be fit for purpose in the long term – and should consider what is best for dairy farmers.”
The process for appointing a new chair will be worked through over the next 6-12 months, while an independent working group also reviews best practice in genetic gain across the sector. As NZAEL is a subsidiary of DairyNZ, the DairyNZ board will manage the chair appointment process.
NZAEL board member and Analytica Laboratories executive director Steve Howse will be the acting chair until a formal appointment has been made. Steve is an experienced director in the commercial science, agribusiness, technology and education sectors.
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