AgResearch has signalled its intention to raise ruminant productivity and welfare standards over the long term with the announcement of a formal collaboration with one of the world’s leading animal health research institutes.
For more than fifty years the Scottish based Moredun Research Institute (MRI) has been internationally recognised for its work on infectious diseases in sheep and other ruminants and AgResearch CEO, Dr Andrew West says both organisations stand to gain from the collaboration.
“Ruminant livestock such as sheep, and cattle that are farmed in Scotland are also farmed here in New Zealand. By sharing knowledge, we can create better technologies for farmers,” he said.
The relationship was formalised yesterday with a ‘Heads of Agreement’ signed by Dr West and Professor Julie Fitzpatrick (Director and CEO, Moredun Research Institute) at the Hopkirk Research Institute in Palmerston North - a joint venture between AgResearch and Massey University.