Our collaboration with AgResearch is an initiative using New Zealand’s biomedical and biological research skills to maximum advantage.


At the Pastoral Foods for Human Health Research Centre, our scientists collaborate with New Zealand Crown Research Institute AgResearch on studies that are applicable to the health and development of both humans and farm animals.

The team is exploring fundamental aspects of mammalian biology, such as the way the environment during early development determines how nutrients will be partitioned between growth and energy production throughout life.

Improving our knowledge of these early life processes will give us the capacity to manipulate certain parameters, such as nutrition during pregnancy, and influence the activity settings of the genes that children and animals are born with.

Scientists in the Centre work to develop better animal feeds, animal welfare products and practices, and smart ways of handling and processing food products.

The ultimate goal is to commercialise resulting research data, developing a range of pastoral-based foods with human health benefits that support local industry and enhance economic returns.

Partner organisation

AgResearch is New Zealand’s largest Crown Research Institute. It conducts research and development for the pastoral sector.