Thursday, 13 May 2021 09:55

LIC committed to upskilling

Written by  Staff Reporters
LIC is searching for expressions of interest for a PhD opportunity. LIC is searching for expressions of interest for a PhD opportunity.

The farmer co-operative says it is committed to educating and upskilling the next generation of leaders in the agricultural industry.

"One of the ways we do this is through our PhD programme, which helps fund staff members postgraduate degree studies."

LIC's PhD programme began in 2010 and four staff members have been funded through the programme.

One of the biggest champions of this programme is LIC molecular genetics scientist, Chad Harland, who completed his PhD in animal genomics in Belgium before bringing his wealth of knowledge back to LIC in Hamilton.

Harland started at LIC in 2008 as a laboratory technician. His PhD study involved five years working on his PhD in Belgium and returning yearly to New Zealand to share his knowledge. Harland has now returned permanently and is working within LIC's Research and Development team where he is utilising his studies.

"While I was picking stuff up fairly quickly, it was useful to have a chance to get a formal qualification and go into depth. When the PhD opportunity came along, it was a chance to take something that was potentially relevant to the comany and dive into it as deep as possible, and do so with one of the world leaders in the field."

Harland says the PhD was great for several reasons.

"For one, I had full funding to do a PhD on a topic that was interesting, supported by the company and so there was not really any woories about funding and there was no worries about having a job. It was a really nice set up, I knew there was a job waiting for me".

For Harland, coming back into a research position that is flexible and focuses on areas he is interested in is very important. This includes returning and seeing his research and work in practice, having direct and measurable impact on people and on the business and the dairy industry. The new genotyping and sequencing platforms for the LIC's Genemark is what Harland spent most of the last year working on.

LIC is seeking expressions of interest for a PhD opportunity available to those who have completed honours or masters degrees and are skilled in genetics and computer science with a background in quantitative, population or statistical genetics.

The successful applicant will be offered a three-year scholarship by LIC and Massey University, focusing on the identification and spread of de novo and high impact rare variants in New Zealand dairy cattle.

More like this

Minda has you sorted this calving season

Farmer-owned co-operative LIC says its herd management system Minda Live and its corresponding app has evolved over the past year with more than 60 improvements added based on farmer feedback.

BVD tests for newborns

This calving season, LIC is offering a BVD test for newborn calves to provide farmers with an early indication on the health status of their valuable replacement stock.

New tools to tackle facial eczema

Herd improvement co-operative LIC says it is developing new methods to help farmers tackle facial eczema, a disease which is costing the dairy industry around $30 million in lost production each year.

LIC boss to step down

LIC chief executive Wayne McNee will leave the farmer-owned co-operative in November after eight years in the role.


a2 Milk seals Mataura deal

The a2 Milk Company (a2Mc) has been given the regulatory approval to buy 75% of Mataura Valley Milk, Southland.

Machinery & Products

Giving calves the best

Waikato farmer Ed Grayling milks 430 cows on mostly peat soil that is low on trace elements.

Feed system helping grow top heifers

Feeding livestock can bring with it several challenges including labour shortages, wasted feed, higher prices for smaller quantities, intake monitoring…

Hard hat or hard head

A recently released coroner's report into the death of a South Canterbury farmworker in 2019 raised the question of the…

Made in NZ: Trimax

Made in New Zealand looks at the wealth of design and manufacturing ability we have in New Zealand, creating productive…

Vendro badged tedders

Masterton based Tulloch Farm Machines has introduced a new series of Krone tedders badged Vendro, to replace the existing KW…

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

Milking It

Microbe power

OPINION: Microbes fished from the stomachs of cows can gobble up certain kinds of plastic, including the polythylene terephthalate (PET)…

» Connect with Dairy News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter