Callaghan Innovation: Ovine Automation Consortium.
The Ovine Automation Consortium, known as OAL, embodies research partners and industry in a unique collaboration. At its inception the open forum discussion, with members of 9 different meat companies, 2 research partners, 2 research organisation advisors with support from MIRINZ Inc, jointly owned by the MIA and Beef + Lamb, all contributing to a common goal, was a new approach for an industry that had recently begun to see the value of research collaboration. The research partners are Callaghan Innovation and Milmeq Limited with input from both AgResearch and the University of Auckland. Its success is testament to excellent leadership with focus, vision and the ability to keep a very diverse group on track.
Aldera Health: A collaboration to develop an animal and plant corridor in New Zealand.
Aldera is building scientific capability in NZ through international partnerships and facilitating collaboration across NZ’s research community.
Aldera’s vision is to create a national platform for capitalising on the collective expertise of NZ’s public research organisations and international recognition to develop new solutions that will address New Zealand’s and some of the world’s most prominent animal and plant diseases.
Creating an Animal and Plant R&D Corridor positions New Zealand to be truly competitive on the world stage as an innovative solutions provider for animal and plant health.
Plant and Food Research: Land Use Change & Intensification.
The Land Use Change & Intensification programme involves scientists from both Plant & Food Research and AgResearch. The aim of the programme is to ensure that the productive capacity of New Zealand’s agricultural land is sustained or enhanced in the face of land use change, intensification of land use and climate change while maintaining soil and groundwater quality. The programme has developed a range of computer-based soil, crop, nutrient and irrigation management tools, including simulation models and on-farm calculators and improved soil and crop management practices, enabling farmers to improve the economic performance of intensively managed land and reduce the environmental impacts.