Our people and partners

Project Dairy 1 comprises a multidisciplinary science team working collaboratively on projects which align to the overarching goals and aspirations of the project.

The project group is developing strong connections and partnerships with farmers, communities, industry and international research organisations. Dairy 1 is part of the Lower North Island Once-a-Day discussion group and the Global Farm Platform.

Project leader

  • Prof Danny Donaghy

    Prof Danny Donaghy

    Professor of Dairy Production Systems - School of Agriculture and Environment


Science Group Leader

  • Prof Nicolas Lopez-Villalobos

    Prof Nicolas Lopez-Villalobos

    Professor - School of Agriculture and Environment


Governance Group

  • Dr Allanah Ryan

    Dr Allanah Ryan

    Director Sustainability - Operations and Campus Experience


  • Prof Nicola Shadbolt

    Prof Nicola Shadbolt

    Professor of Farm & AgriBusiness Management - School of Agriculture and Environment


    Delivering farm and agribusiness management research and education - risk, strategy, business analysis, cooperatives; Elected director of Fonterra Cooperative; Director of the International Food & Agribusiness Management Association and represents NZ in the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN) in Dairying.  Editor of International Food and Agribusiness Management Review and International Journal of Agricultural Management. Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. An in-depth understanding of global farming and agribusiness. Awarded Officer of NZ Order of Merit for services to agribusiness in 2018.

  • Allan Still

    Allan Still

    General Manager - Ag and Hort Enterprises - School of Agriculture and Environment


Farm Manager

  • Jolanda Amoore

    Jolanda Amoore

    Farm Manager - School of Agriculture and Environment


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Global Farm Platform logo

Project Dairy 1 is a partner of the Global Farm Platform which brings together world-leading universities and agricultural research institutions in six continents working towards sustainable ruminant production.


Jersey NZ

The strategy on Dairy 1 is to have a herd comprising Jersey, Friesian and cross-bred cows. Jersey NZ and its members are generous supporters of the research underway at Dairy 1.  

Livestock Improvement Corporation

LIC work closely with Dairy 1 and supports the genetic development of the Dairy 1 herd.

CA Elliot Trust

Research at Dairy 1 is greatly assisted by contributions from the CA Elliot Charitable Trust.