Mark Ferguson

Christchurch, New Zealand

+64 21 496 656

+64 3 550 2442

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Dr Mark Ferguson

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.
  +64 21 496 656

Will Gibson

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 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. 

  +64 27 436 0237

Ian Harris

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.

Sarah Thompson

Sarah grew up on a sheep and beef farm in South Otago and has always had a passion for agriculture. She pursued this passion studying a Bachelor of Agriculture Science with Honours at Lincoln University. Since graduating, she has worked both on-farm and held industry research positions in New Zealand and the UK. Sarah is our Innovation Technician and enjoys the research aspect of her role. She is excited for the opportunities this research could provide the sheep industry in the future.   +64 225 384 348 

Darren Gordon

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). Darren has now delivered 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.   +61 408 114 656