How one PGP commercialised its genetically elite dairy herd
Each week, Rural Exchange investigates the research & development made in added-value products due to co-investment with the Government.
Whai Hua Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme completed in late 2016 and involved three commercial partners.
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Richard Wyeth, CEO of Miraka (of the Whai Hua partners) joined Rural Exchange to discuss just how the programme works.
The $4 million PGP achieved a genetically elite dairy herd with naturally higher levels of a particular protein.
Whai Hua found cows that carried high levels of the compound, which carried immune-enhancing properties for humans.
“The whole programme was about fast-tracking that to a commercial outcome,” Mr Wyeth said.
We wanted to find the cows with the highest levels of this compound.
“It was a reasonably big stretch from a science perspective,” he told RadioLIVE.
The Whai Hua PGI set out to develop dairy products with the protein to benefit the Asia & New Zealand markets.
The Miraka CEO touched on how their commercialisation has fared since close of the programme in 2016.
Watch the full interview with Richard Wyeth above.