Through delivering genetic gain, herd testing, and management information, LIC operates (alongside farmers) at the heart of New Zealand’s dairy industry.
Our products result in productivity and profitability gains that are cumulative, year-on-year. Like our farming shareholders, we pride ourselves the positive contribution we make to our country’s economic performance.
But we realise our responsibilities as a farmer-owned co-operative go well beyond the farm gate.
We have a philosophy of giving something back to the industry and the wider community because – quite frankly – it’s just decent business practice.
So whether we’re awarding purple ribbons at a local calf club day or whether we’re supporting the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, LIC is doing so because it wants to do justice to our shareholding farmers – while also promoting excellence in the dairy industry.
Rest assured, our sponsorship funds are hotly contested. To qualify, events or activities must align well with both our corporate and farmer-owned co-operative values.
Below are some icons that may be familiar to you. They are the mainstays of our sponsorship activities. Click on the icons to find out more about a specific area of sponsorship.
LIC – an overview
We are one of the pioneers of the dairy industry, able to trace our roots back to 1909 when New Zealand dairy farmers first formed groups to compare the production of their cows.
Over the ensuing years, LIC has established itself as a world leader in dairy innovation and today provides a diverse range of products and services including
· herd testing and milk analysis
· Artificial breeding
· Animal health
· Farm advisory
· Herd recording
· DNA parentage analysis
· Farm automation systems
· Farm mapping systems
Dairy farming is LIC’s core business but the company has leveraged its expertise in artificial breeding to the deer industry through Deer Improvement.
LIC’s Head Office is located in Hamilton, New Zealand with regional offices across the country. We also have offices in the United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Australia and agents in South Africa and South America.
The co-operative operates two bull farms within New Zealand – its main holding on the outskirts of Hamilton, adjacent to its Head Office, and a second property in the Manawatu (lower North Island).
LIC sires have won international acclaim for siring daughters that deliver the traits needed by all commercial farmers – easy-care fertile cows which are productive and profitable and which maintain these attributes over multiple lactations.