LIC is one of the oldest farming co-operatives in New Zealand, with a proud history of providing service and solutions to improve farmer prosperity since 1909.
The co-op has pioneered some of the biggest innovations that provides 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 an average 10 days early.
LIC’s commitment to farmer prosperity and productivity continues, 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. Strong investment into research and development also continues, to deliver on future farmer needs.
The co-op supplies three-quarters of the country’s bull semen from its farm outside Hamilton, as well as information and automation systems, herd testing and diagnostics to drive efficiency and productivity gains on-farm. Subsidiary business, Dairy Automation Limited (DAL), also provide milk testing sensors that measure fat, protein, somatic cell counts and volume, and present real-time data while a cow is being milked.
With offices locally and internationally, LIC employs a large team of staff with a wide range of knowledge and expertise. More than 800 employees are based in offices around New Zealand, increasing to around 2000 for the peak dairy mating season.