Livestock Improvement Corp

LIC provides farm management information, herd testing, artificial breeding services, DNA analysis, farm advisory extension service and research, to improve the prosperity and productivity of our farmers.

We are proud of our history, dating back to 1909, having pioneered some of the biggest innovations that provide today’s farmers with their competitive edge on the world stage, including the systematic testing of milk quality, Long Last Liquid (fresh) semen, DNA technology to genomically identify and select elite sires, and more recently, a short gestation bull team bred to deliver offspring up to 10 days early.

Our commitment to farmer prosperity and productivity continues today, with:

  • genetics and information to create superior livestock;
  • information to improve decision making to enable superior livestock;
  • hardware and systems to improve productivity and decision making; and
  • LIC International - adding value for shareholders, focussing on key markets.

With support from Callaghan Innovation crown entity and the government’s Primary Growth Partnership, LIC is one of the largest private investors in R&D and new product development for New Zealand’s agricultural sector, representing 11% of revenue.

Approximately three-quarters of the national herd are sired by an LIC bull; 90% of dairy farmers use MINDA, our proprietary animal identification and information management system. Subsidiary business LIC Automation also provide unique automation and milk sensor technology systems for in the dairy shed.

LIC’s head office is in Newstead, Hamilton, with offices in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and Brazil, plus distributors in China, Japan, South Africa and South America.

More than 800 employees are based in offices around New Zealand, increasing to around 2000 for the peak dairy mating season.

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