As well as General Manager for BLG, Dan is Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s (B+LNZ) General Manager Farming Excellence – a role which encompasses research, sector capability, the Future Farm programme, product development and extension design.
BLG was incorporated into the wider B+LNZ organisation on October 1, but will remain a distinct Dunedin-based business unit within the wider organisation. B+LNZ’s Sector Science Strategy Manager Suzi Keeling will also be involved with the unit.
BLG will continue to provide genetic services to breeders and commercial farmers.
Dan says that the decision to appoint him as the GM of BLG was to ensure its science programmes meshed with B+LNZ’s wider science objectives, while still retaining a focus on its genetics clients.
“Over the next six months the BLG team will be focusing on the on-going progeny tests in sheep, beef and dairy beef, genetic evaluations and the roll-out of the new nProve tool.”
Dan grew up on sheep and beef properties in Coromandel and the Northern King Country before training as a veterinarian.
He started his working career as a large animal vet in Te Awamutu and later Gisborne. After six years as a vet, Dan and his then young family began sheep and beef farming near Te Awamutu. In 2013, he took up a role at Landcorp/Pamu overseeing the organisation’s northern and eastern North Island sheep and beef properties.
“As a farmer and vet, I see genetics and farm systems as key to our farming success and, in the complex world ahead, they will only become more important. I’m looking forward to working with the BLG team and breeders to ensure commercial farmers have the tools they need to make good decisions for their farming operations.”
For more information contact Dan Brier: firstname.lastname@example.org