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Asia Pacific: Fonterra, CSIRO partner on dairy innovation

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Fonterra Co-operative Group and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have signed a signed a five-year agreement to drive innovation in sustainable farming, manufacturing, health, nutrition and consumer dairy products.

Under the agreement, CSIRO will apply its expertise to the co-operative’s global dairy chain using its broad range of industrial know-how and scientific capability in remote sensing, resource engineering, ecosystem, food and water to help propel Fonterra’s V3 strategy.

“We intend our partnership with CSIRO to develop a range of solutions to address Fonterra’s science and technology needs,” says Fonterra chief technology officer Dr Jeremy Hill.

“On-farm, CSIRO will turn their attention to herd productivity, effluent management and milk quality, and then work through our supply chain looking at processing and analytical technology, food structure and design, and consumer health benefits.”

“CSIRO has developed three dimensional printed devices to treat sleep apnoea, soil contamination detectors and highly efficient solar technology. These technologies aren’t traditionally associated with the dairy industry, but it’s the science and thinking behind these innovations that will benefit our focus on getting more value from our farmers’ milk and doing so sustainably,” he says.