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our mission.

At neXtgen Agri we are committed to enabling the extensive animal industry to make optimum rates of genetic gain by making timely and well-informed decisions.  

We know that efficient and transparent gene flow will unlock the vast potential within extensive animal industries globally.  

We focus on converting the complicated language and systems of genetic science into intuitive decisions.  
We aim to bring genes to life.

Our passion is helping businesses to achieve their goals.  We want to be an extension of your business and will tailor our work to your needs.  

​We are committed to remaining an independent source of advice for all of our current and future clients.  We never take commissions on any sales that we arrange.  We work on a membership and fee for service basis.

farming in our hearts, science in our heads.

your team.

Say hello to your tutors, expert consultants and new friends. We've pulled together a fantastic team for you with decades of experience under their belts in both leading the development of successful breeding programs and conducting groundbreaking genetic research.

Mark Ferguson

Mark Ferguson

Agricultural Geneticist

Mark has spent his career in the sheep industry working throughout Australia and New Zealand.

He was a key scientist in the Lifetime Wool project that developed the science behind Lifetime Ewe Management.

Pursuing a strong personal interest, Mark undertook his PhD in breeding sheep that possess genes that allow them to remain healthy and efficient in challenging pastoral environments.

He works with stud and commercial producers to implement these concepts with great success. He is passionate about the potential of the sheep industry.

Will Gibson

Will Gibson

Livestock Guru

Will has breeding in his veins and has grown up breeding and exhibiting sheep and beef cattle.

For the last few years he has run the Merino central progeny test on behalf of The New Zealand Merino Company.

He manages the data for a number of studs in New Zealand and is our go-to person for EID equipment and Sheep Genetics data submissions.

Will also has a passion for quality wool and a great eye for stock. He is very passionate about the sheep and beef industries in New Zealand and is enjoying getting to know the industry in Australia.

Nisha Powell

Nisha Powell

Finance & Human Resources Manager

Upon completion of her Master's degree, Nisha has worked with land managers in Victoria and Western Australia and has over 20 years of experience as an environmental scientist.

She has managed complex multi-million dollar projects and undertaken environmental impact assessments for major state developments.

Nisha is passionate about sustainability within the agricultural industry. She is currently focused on the human resources and financial management aspects of neXtgen Agri. 

Ian Harris

Ian Harris

Data Engineer

Ian started his career working as an electronics engineer. He then spent a few years working as a scientist at the DSIR (now known as Callaghan Innovation).

He then changed direction and worked in the IT industry including 3 years in the UK during the dotcom boom.

Since joining neXtgen Agri, Ian has made a major contribution to the way we think about data and about the future.

Ian enjoys using electronics and machine learning to create new opportunities in the New Zealand and Australian agricultural industries.

Darren Gordon

Darren Gordon

Genetic Researcher

Darren Gordon brings over 22 years of research and extension to the neXtgen Agri team.

Darren worked on the Lifetime Wool program which led to the development of the extremely successful Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) project.

Darren has now delivered to over 80 LTEM groups in Southern Australia, giving him an opportunity to see a wide range of genetic potential.

Darren is based in Dunkeld in Victoria and works with producers helping them to breed a sheep that thrives in their environment. He uses a combination of visual appraisal and ASBV information.

Orlaith Giltinan

Orlaith Giltinan

Community and Content Manager

Orlaith graduated with an Honors Bachelor's degree in Business in Tourism in Cork, the south coast of Ireland while living on a small family farm. Having extensive knowledge in sales and marketing within the hospitality industry, she then further studied digital marketing and international sales. Orlaith soon became responsible for the European and US markets for a hotel chain. 

Since moving to New Zealand and joining the neXtgen Agri team, Orlaith has undertaken a position where she is managing and building strategies for neXtgen Agri and our clients. This includes building brand strategies, creating content (catalogues, newsletters, literature, branded materials and digital content), as well as managing client websites and marketing campaigns.

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