AFSB welcomes moves to appoint livestock genetics project manager

Tony O'Neill.
Tony O'Neill.

Agri-Food Strategy Board Chairman Tony O’Neill has welcomed the announcement by AgriSearch that they are in the process of seeking a project manager to oversee development work in the key area of livestock genetics

Mr O’Neill said: “The AFSB identified the area of livestock improvement through the use of genetics as fundamental to the livestock based agri-food sector being competitive in the long-term. We led the way by appointing a dedicated sub-group to identify options and the best way forward. We have welcomed the support of other industry organisations in this process, who commissioned and funded independent advice to make recommendations for the local sector and now, through AgriSearch, the industry itself is taking the lead in appointing a Project Manager to progress this work without delay.

“I would like to place on record my thanks to the trustees of AgriSearch for agreeing to take on this important step in enhancing the capability of the sector and I would encourage anyone with the appropriate skills and experience to apply for this important role.”

Ian Marshall, chair of the AFSB Livestock Genetics Sub-Group, added: “The work undertaken by the livestock genetics sub-group has identified the best option for the long term genetic improvement for the beef, sheep and dairy industry here. I am pleased that AgriSearch has wasted no time in seeking to appoint a suitable project manager to further progress this work.

“Once a project manager is in place, I would encourage all parts of the industry to engage positively in the process to ensure we develop a mechanism that best suits the long term sustainability of the sector.”

The main duties and responsibilities of the new project manager will include compilation of information to support the business case for government and industry funding, communicating the potential opportunities of such a data hub, leading negotiations with potential funders and holders of data, building linkages with existing and planned knowledge exchange initiatives and developing potential new initiatives to enable and accelerate the rate of adoption at farm level.