The Ovine Automation Consortium, known as OAL, embodies research partners and industry in a unique collaboration.
At its inception the open forum discussion, with members of 9 different meat companies, 2 research partners, 2 research organisation advisors with support from MIRINZ Inc, jointly owned by the MIA and Beef + Lamb, all contributing to a common goal, was a new approach for an industry that had recently begun to see the value of research collaboration.
The research partners are Callaghan Innovation and Milmeq Limited with input from both AgResearch and the University of Auckland.
Its success is testament to excellent leadership with focus, vision and the ability to keep a very diverse group on track.
The Ovine Automation Consortium was the winner of the Commercialisation Collaboration Award at the 2013 KiwiNet Awards.