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South Australian food and agribusiness boosted by Irish FDI

Adelaide’s livestock producers will soon have access to local DNA testing with Irish company Wetherbys Scientific establishing a laboratory at the University of Adelaide. The company currently uses their existing laboratory in Ireland to service the Australian market, but strong demand and expertise will see it establish a presence in South Australia by the end of 2019.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway said Wetherbys Scientific is implementing plans to expand into South Australia with the creation of Weatherbys Scientific Australia Pty Ltd.

“The collaborative environment at the University’s Roseworthy campus presents an exciting opportunity for Weatherbys Scientific to work with world-leading researchers to further develop its technology and services for agricultural and biomedical industries,” Minister Ridgway said.

“Food and agribusiness are a major employer in South Australia and we are well-known for our commitment to deliver premium food and wine from our clean environment. The establishment of Weatherbys Scientific Australia in our state can only strengthen this reputation.”

The London Office of the Agent General was closely involved in this initiative, by providing the initial link between the Department of Trade Tourism and Investment and Weatherbys, tailoring a Soft Landings Program and arranging in-market business development meetings and opportunities.

Aaron Venables, General Manager of Weatherbys Scientific said the support from both the University and the Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment has been instrumental in getting the company to the point where they have begun to recruit staff and implement their plans to be in Australia.

“Working with the University of Adelaide has been particularly positive given their strengths in agrigenomic research, especially in bovine and ovine species, which aligns with our core strategic focus. In addition, the University’s investment into a world-leading Equine hospital provides further opportunities to work together that sits at the very heart of Weatherbys 248- year history,” Mr Venables said.

Since its establishment in 1985, Weatherbys Scientific has achieved several significant technical milestones. It is an institutional member of the scientific body of the International Society of Animal Genetics (ISAG) and it is also accredited by the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR).

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