Jun 7, 2016
Date: Friday, 17th June, 2016
Time: 4:30pm Networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room), School of Biological Sciences.
Guest Speaker: This month we welcome Margaret Malloch speaking on the topic: From milk testing services to Smart Data for farmers.
During the dairy season MilkTestNZ processes 25,000 samples per day and their analysis for fat and protein determines the dairy company pay-out to their farmers. To handle this efficiently, and the same day reporting back to farmers, the company has a huge dependency on its robotic processing and sophisticated IT infrastructure.
But the company is much more and has an important businesses ensuring the integrity of the milk supply and providing additional services to farmers based on the insights that can be derived from regular milk samples from virtually every dairy farm in New Zealand.
In her talk, Margaret Malloch will discuss the transition from testing services to a modern business providing smart data to farmers. For example, reporting aflatoxin levels caused by feed supplements incubating fungi. Antibiotics, nonylphenyl ethoxylates and agricultural chemicals such as DDT are routinely tested. The 1080 threat and the company's involvement will also be covered. MilkTestNZ has pioneered services such as milk urea levels that help farmers improve their feed budgeting and environmental management. There is more to come from the developmental pipeline.
The reinvention of MilkTestNZ has been managed by Margaret Malloch its CEO and previously GM for the last 13 years where she has introduced sophisticated analytical technologies and automation.
She has extensive laboratory experience across a range of disciplines including Medical, Food and Dairy having held positions with Waikato District Health Board, Counties Manukau Health, MAF Quality Management, AgriQuality, NZ Dairy Group and Kiwi Dairies. Her main focus has been in operational roles with an extensive background in microbiology, biochemistry and immunology.
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Date and time
4.30-6.30 pm drinks and canapés (for 5.00 pm presentation), Friday June 17th.
Reception Lounge, at the IIB and SBS entrance to the Thomas Building, 3a Symonds St (see map).
University is well serviced by bus routes, and car parking is available under the University of Auckland Business School (the Owen G Glenn Building) on Grafton Rd.