[9 October/ Otago Daily Times]

German-born Dr Stefan Meyer started working at Dunedin agribusiness consulting company AbacusBio after completing a PhD in zoology at the University of Otago last year. Dr Meyer said receiving a Callaghan Innovation for his work on a dairy cow survival project was very helpful. The R&D career grant was intended to bridge the initial six months of employment for new employees. AbacusBio Consultant Peter Amer said the company was keen to translate the survival analysis skills Dr Meyer had from his zoology and environmental work into livestock situations. Mr Amer said it was difficult to find people with the right mix of farming knowledge, genetics skills and advanced statistics understanding. Dr Meyer said he was working in a good team, within an inspiring environment, and he was enjoying it.