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Joint Graduate School in Dairy Research and Innovation

About the partners

Combining academic excellence and an industry perspective, the Graduate School is jointly hosted by The University of Auckland's Faculty of Science, AgResearch, DairyNZ, and LIC.


The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s largest university, ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world. The University has a commitment to research that benefits society, economy and nation.

The Joint Graduate School will be hosted by the Faculty of Science whose vision is to serve its communities through fundamental and translational research, teaching and public commentary in the sciences. The Faculty of Science provides research-rich learning to top standards of excellence. It has a comprehensive, high quality, academic portfolio and is privileged to lead the nation's research in many science disciplines. There are currently over 7,000 students in the faculty, including approximately 1200 postgraduate students.

The University is a member of Universitas 21 and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities.

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DairyNZ is the industry good organisation funded by New Zealand’s dairy farmers through a levy on milksolids. Its purpose is to secure and enhance the profitability, sustainability and competitiveness of New Zealand dairy farming. It does this through leadership, influencing, investing, partnering with other organisations and through its own strategic capability. Its work includes research and development to create practical on-farm tools, leading on-farm adoption of best practice farming, promoting careers in dairying and advocating for farmers with central and regional government.

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Livestock Improvement Company (LIC)

LIC is a dairy farmer owned cooperative whose origins date back to the early 1900s.  Today LIC is a premier supplier of improved germplasm, herd testing, and herd information management services to New Zealand dairy farmers, and one of the largest integrated dairy cattle breeding companies in the world.  LIC undertakes dairy research in a wide range of fields including semen technology, reproduction, genetic selection, genomics, gene discovery, large scale data analysis and on-farm remote monitoring.

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AgResearch is a Government-owned Crown Research Institute (CRI). It’s purpose is to enhance the value, productivity and profitability of New Zealand’s pastoral, agri-food and agri-technology sectors. AgResearch scientists work in a large and varied range of science areas and disciplines. This includes farm systems, land and environment, forage improvement, animal nutrition and health, animal productivity and food and bio-based products.

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Dairy Goat Co-operative

Dairy Goat Co-operative (DGC) is a New Zealand farmer owned co-operative that was established in 1984. It specializes in the development, manufacture and international marketing of its own-brand, goat milk nutritional powders for infants and children. The Hamilton based co-operative is an export focused business that sources goat milk from its shareholder suppliers in Northland, Waikato and Taranaki. It owns and operates its entire core manufacturing processes, enabling tightly controlled production of high quality milk formula for infants and children. DGC is an international leader in researching the functional benefits of goat milk for paediatric nutrition, and has published clinical research trials internationally.

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