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The Agricultural Business Research Institute

The Agricultural Business Research Institute (ABRI) is located at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW, Australia. 

ABRI is proudly recognised as a leading provider of innovative agribusiness products, services, and technology solutions on a global scale.

With over 50 years’ experience specialising in services for the domestic and international livestock industries, the highly skilled team use their experience and expertise to provide industry specific products and services to their global clients.

Our staff have the capacity, ability, and desire to service clients where there is rapid change or high demand for agribusiness technology solutions, which will deliver benefits to stakeholders, business and industry.

 

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The Agricultural Business Research Institute (ABRI)

The Agricultural Business Research Institute (ABRI) is located at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW, Australia. 

ABRI is proudly recognised as a leading provider of innovative agribusiness products, services, and technology solutions on a global scale.

With over 50 years’ experience specialising in services for the domestic and international livestock industries, the highly skilled team use their experience and expertise to provide industry specific products and services to their global clients.

Our staff have the capacity, ability, and desire to service clients where there is rapid change or high demand for agribusiness technology solutions, which will deliver benefits to stakeholders, business and industry.

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The Agricultural Business Research Institute (ABRI)

The Agricultural Business Research Institute (ABRI) is located at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW, Australia. 

ABRI is proudly recognised as a leading provider of innovative agribusiness products, services, and technology solutions on a global scale.

With over 50 years’ experience specialising in services for the domestic and international livestock industries, the highly skilled team use their experience and expertise to provide industry specific products and services to their global clients.

Our staff have the capacity, ability, and desire to service clients where there is rapid change or high demand for agribusiness technology solutions, which will deliver benefits to stakeholders, business and industry.

 

Our Board of Directors

Ian Locke
Brett Coombe
Heiko Daniel
Kris Kauffman

Sarah Nolet
James Neal
Justin Boshammer
Angela Schuster

Our Board of Directors

Ian Locke
Brett Coombe
Heiko Daniel
Kris Kauffman

Sarah Nolet
James Neal
Justin Boshammer
Angela Schuster

Our Board of Directors

Ian Locke
Brett Coombe
Heiko Daniel
Kris Kauffman
Sarah Nolet
James Neal
Justin Boshammer
Angela Schuster

ABRI Management

Our dedicated management team

Hugh_Web

Hugh Nivison

Managing Director
Hugh Nivison was appointed Managing Director of ABRI in October 2015. A sheep and cattle producer from Walcha NSW, Hugh has most recently been working as an advisor in the Agricultural Investments industry, with operations in Australia and overseas.

Hugh has a Veterinary Science degree from Sydney University and is Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland. He has a high level of corporate experience as a Director of Australian Wool Innovation, a board member of the Australian Sheep Industry Co-operative Research Centre, Chairman of UNE Rural Properties, Director and CEO of Australasian Rural Investments Pty Ltd and Hugh remains Chairman of Australian Farmers Fighting Fund (AFFF).

Hugh’s focus at ABRI is to ensure the connection between ABRI and the end users of our services, primarily breeders and breed societies, remains strong. Hugh is also keen to explore how the expertise and experience developed by ABRI over the last 50 years can be further used to help livestock industries throughout the world.
Skinner_Steven

Steven Skinner

Manager, International Beef Recording Scheme
Steve’s honours degree in Agricultural Economics led him to a seven-year appointment in applied agricultural economic research. He then managed a sheep and cattle property for five years before joining ABRI’s BREEDPLAN team in 1993. He soon became manager of the ABRI support team for servicing associations which use BREEDPLAN.

In 2011 Steve was promoted to manager of ABRI’s flagship division, the International Beef Recording Scheme and in 2015 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer. For nine years from 2009, Steve was Executive Director of the Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association.

Steve’s primary role at ABRI is responsibility for ABRI’s services with beef breed associations and other corporate breeding groups from within Australia and overseas. His primary objective is ensuring the provision of efficient and effective service delivery to clients. The role includes developing contractual and financial arrangements and the management of the personnel delivering the BREEDPLAN service and associated extension activities.
Osullivan_Marcus

Marcus O’Sullivan

Manager, International Livestock Register Support Team
Originally from Broken Hill, Marcus has always been interested in agriculture. He started out Jackarooing in South Australia and Victoria and again in Denmark via an Agricultural exchange.

Marcus then attended Agricultural College and University and graduated with an honours degree in Agricultural Economics. He began his career working in management consultancy in Sydney and New Zealand before moving to Armidale where he has worked for over 30 years with ABRI's International Livestock Register (ILR). Marcus has been involved in the development, installation, training, and support of ABRI's ILR computer systems for our clients in Australia, North America and Southern Africa.

Marcus brings this experience into his role as manager of ABRI’s team of ILR support programmers.
Wilson_Cody

Cody Wilson

Manager, Software Development
Since Cody’s appointment at ABRI in 1998, his focus has been on the development of PC software. The resulting platforms that he has developed are now used by our clients on a global scale.

In 2014, Cody was promoted to the position of manager of software development at ABRI. In this role, Cody leads the software development team in their efforts to embrace the latest software development practices and technologies, including the move to into cloud-based systems.
Wilson_Cory

Cory Wilson

Manager, Other Livestock Division
In 2000 Cory was employed by ABRI to work in the on-farm PC software division known as HerdMASTER. More recently, Cory has been involved in ABRI’s association software, iCompete, which is designed to work for a multitude of different species and organisations, outside the cattle industry.

In 2018, Cory promoted to the position of manager of the Other Livestock Division. His years of experience within ABRI have given him a great understanding of what is needed to help associations and societies succeed.
Marlon

Marlon Macatangay

Systems Manager
In 2019 Marlon joined the ABRI team in the role of systems manager, bringing with him extensive knowledge on network, software, and hardware systems.

Marlon has a bachelors’ degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines and led the Asia Pacific R&D IT for a multi-national telecommunications company, for 10 years. In this role he helped to develop their 4G and 5G technologies. As systems manager Marlon's focus is to upgrade ABRI's infrastructure using his knowledge and expertise in line with ABRI's range of innovative technology. In doing so, ensuring ABRI is ready for the future generations to come.
Faint_Trish

Trish Faint

Manager, Breed Secretariat, Office & HR
Trish Faint has been with ABRI since 2002. Trish manages the Breed Secretariat team, as well as handling many of ABRI’s office administration and HR duties.

A local New England resident, Trish has valuable rural knowledge from her family's cattle properties to the east of Armidale.

As manager of the Breed Secretariat team, Trish has extensive knowledge of ABRI and it’s clients. In this role, Trish ensures the smooth running of societies and the tasks required by our secretariat teams.
Potts_Geoff

Geoff Potts

Manager, Dairy Express
Geoff studied Animal Husbandry at Queensland Agricultural College in Gatton and has spent the last 40 years in various roles in the dairy industry including dairy farming, managing corporate dairies, a dairy nutrition consultant, a Dairy Express herd recorder, a regional agent and since 2006 he has been manager of Dairy Express.

Geoff has been able to draw on his vast practical experience to enhance the reporting of Dairy Express so that it zeros in on information that increases farm profitability. This, coupled with fast reporting of results, made possible by the internet, has allowed Dairy Express to grow and build its userbase of clients.
Mouten_Conrad

Coenraad Mouton

Company Accountant
Coenraad has held many positions during his employment with ABRI including management of the Saltbush Software division (now known as HerdMASTER) and their associated range of on-farm software products for many years.

With dual qualifications in computer science and accounting, Coenraad’s current position is as company accountant.
Felicity_Davis

Felicity Davis

Communications Manager
Felicity grew up in Armidale and completed her studies in Media and Communications through the University of New England (UNE). After university, Felicity moved to Sydney where she worked in a range of marketing and communications roles, primarily in the tourism industry. In 2018, Felicity relocated back to Armidale and in 2020 began her role as communications manager for ABRI.

Felicity's role involves implementing ABRI’s communications strategy for both internal and external communications. While also working closely with key stakeholders and the media for opportunities to showcase ABRI’s extensive range of products and services.

ABRI Management

Our dedicated management team

Hugh_Web

Hugh Nivison

Managing Director
Hugh Nivison was appointed Managing Director of ABRI in October 2015. A sheep and cattle producer from Walcha NSW, Hugh has most recently been working as an advisor in the Agricultural Investments industry, with operations in Australia and overseas.

Hugh has a Veterinary Science degree from Sydney University and is Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland. He has a high level of corporate experience as a Director of Australian Wool Innovation, a board member of the Australian Sheep Industry Co-operative Research Centre, Chairman of UNE Rural Properties, Director and CEO of Australasian Rural Investments Pty Ltd and Hugh remains Chairman of Australian Farmers Fighting Fund (AFFF).

Hugh’s focus at ABRI is to ensure the connection between ABRI and the end users of our services, primarily breeders and breed societies, remains strong. Hugh is also keen to explore how the expertise and experience developed by ABRI over the last 50 years can be further used to help livestock industries throughout the world.
Skinner_Steven

Steven Skinner

Manager, International Beef Recording Scheme
Steve’s honours degree in Agricultural Economics led him to a seven-year appointment in applied agricultural economic research. He then managed a sheep and cattle property for five years before joining ABRI’s BREEDPLAN team in 1993. He soon became manager of the ABRI support team for servicing associations which use BREEDPLAN.

In 2011 Steve was promoted to manager of ABRI’s flagship division, the International Beef Recording Scheme and in 2015 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer. For nine years from 2009, Steve was Executive Director of the Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association.

Steve’s primary role at ABRI is responsibility for ABRI’s services with beef breed associations and other corporate breeding groups from within Australia and overseas. His primary objective is ensuring the provision of efficient and effective service delivery to clients. The role includes developing contractual and financial arrangements and the management of the personnel delivering the BREEDPLAN service and associated extension activities.
Osullivan_Marcus

Marcus O’Sullivan

Manager, International Livestock Register Support Team
Originally from Broken Hill, Marcus has always been interested in agriculture. He started out Jackarooing in South Australia and Victoria and again in Denmark via an Agricultural exchange.

Marcus then attended Agricultural College and University and graduated with an honours degree in Agricultural Economics. He began his career working in management consultancy in Sydney and New Zealand before moving to Armidale where he has worked for over 30 years with ABRI's International Livestock Register (ILR). Marcus has been involved in the development, installation, training, and support of ABRI's ILR computer systems for our clients in Australia, North America and Southern Africa.

Marcus brings this experience into his role as manager of ABRI’s team of ILR support programmers.
Wilson_Cody

Cody Wilson

Manager, Software Development
Since Cody’s appointment at ABRI in 1998, his focus has been on the development of PC software. The resulting platforms that he has developed are now used by our clients on a global scale.

In 2014, Cody was promoted to the position of manager of software development at ABRI. In this role, Cody leads the software development team in their efforts to embrace the latest software development practices and technologies, including the move to into cloud-based systems.
Wilson_Cory

Cory Wilson

Manager, Other Livestock Division
In 2000 Cory was employed by ABRI to work in the on-farm PC software division known as HerdMASTER. More recently, Cory has been involved in ABRI’s association software, iCompete, which is designed to work for a multitude of different species and organisations, outside the cattle industry.

In 2018, Cory promoted to the position of manager of the Other Livestock Division. His years of experience within ABRI have given him a great understanding of what is needed to help associations and societies succeed.
Marlon

Marlon Macatangay

Systems Manager
In 2019 Marlon joined the ABRI team in the role of systems manager, bringing with him extensive knowledge on network, software, and hardware systems.

Marlon has a bachelors’ degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines and led the Asia Pacific R&D IT for a multi-national telecommunications company, for 10 years. In this role he helped to develop their 4G and 5G technologies. As systems manager Marlon's focus is to upgrade ABRI's infrastructure using his knowledge and expertise in line with ABRI's range of innovative technology. In doing so, ensuring ABRI is ready for the future generations to come.
Faint_Trish

Trish Faint

Manager, Breed Secretariat, Office & HR
Trish Faint has been with ABRI since 2002. Trish manages the Breed Secretariat team, as well as handling many of ABRI’s office administration and HR duties.

A local New England resident, Trish has valuable rural knowledge from her family's cattle properties to the east of Armidale.

As manager of the Breed Secretariat team, Trish has extensive knowledge of ABRI and it’s clients. In this role, Trish ensures the smooth running of societies and the tasks required by our secretariat teams.
Potts_Geoff

Geoff Potts

Manager, Dairy Express
Geoff studied Animal Husbandry at Queensland Agricultural College in Gatton and has spent the last 40 years in various roles in the dairy industry including dairy farming, managing corporate dairies, a dairy nutrition consultant, a Dairy Express herd recorder, a regional agent and since 2006 he has been manager of Dairy Express.

Geoff has been able to draw on his vast practical experience to enhance the reporting of Dairy Express so that it zeros in on information that increases farm profitability. This, coupled with fast reporting of results, made possible by the internet, has allowed Dairy Express to grow and build its userbase of clients.
Mouten_Conrad

Coenraad Mouton

Company Accountant
Coenraad has held many positions during his employment with ABRI including management of the Saltbush Software division (now known as HerdMASTER) and their associated range of on-farm software products for many years.

With dual qualifications in computer science and accounting, Coenraad’s current position is as company accountant.
Felicity_Davis

Felicity Davis

Communications Manager
Felicity grew up in Armidale and completed her studies in Media and Communications through the University of New England (UNE). After university, Felicity moved to Sydney where she worked in a range of marketing and communications roles, primarily in the tourism industry. In 2018, Felicity relocated back to Armidale and in 2020 began her role as communications manager for ABRI.

Felicity's role involves implementing ABRI’s communications strategy for both internal and external communications. While also working closely with key stakeholders and the media for opportunities to showcase ABRI’s extensive range of products and services.

ABRI Management

Our dedicated management team

Hugh_Web

Hugh Nivison

Managing Director
Hugh Nivison was appointed Managing Director of ABRI in October 2015. A sheep and cattle producer from Walcha NSW, Hugh has most recently been working as an advisor in the Agricultural Investments industry, with operations in Australia and overseas.

Hugh has a Veterinary Science degree from Sydney University and is Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland. He has a high level of corporate experience as a Director of Australian Wool Innovation, a board member of the Australian Sheep Industry Co-operative Research Centre, Chairman of UNE Rural Properties, Director and CEO of Australasian Rural Investments Pty Ltd and Hugh remains Chairman of Australian Farmers Fighting Fund (AFFF).

Hugh’s focus at ABRI is to ensure the connection between ABRI and the end users of our services, primarily breeders and breed societies, remains strong. Hugh is also keen to explore how the expertise and experience developed by ABRI over the last 50 years can be further used to help livestock industries throughout the world.
Skinner_Steven

Steven Skinner

Manager, International Beef Recording Scheme
Steve’s honours degree in Agricultural Economics led him to a seven-year appointment in applied agricultural economic research. He then managed a sheep and cattle property for five years before joining ABRI’s BREEDPLAN team in 1993. He soon became manager of the ABRI support team for servicing associations which use BREEDPLAN.

In 2011 Steve was promoted to manager of ABRI’s flagship division, the International Beef Recording Scheme and in 2015 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer. For nine years from 2009, Steve was Executive Director of the Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association.

Steve’s primary role at ABRI is responsibility for ABRI’s services with beef breed associations and other corporate breeding groups from within Australia and overseas. His primary objective is ensuring the provision of efficient and effective service delivery to clients. The role includes developing contractual and financial arrangements and the management of the personnel delivering the BREEDPLAN service and associated extension activities.
Osullivan_Marcus

Marcus O’Sullivan

Manager, International Livestock Register Support Team
Originally from Broken Hill, Marcus has always been interested in agriculture. He started out Jackarooing in South Australia and Victoria and again in Denmark via an Agricultural exchange.

Marcus then attended Agricultural College and University and graduated with an honours degree in Agricultural Economics. He began his career working in management consultancy in Sydney and New Zealand before moving to Armidale where he has worked for over 30 years with ABRI's International Livestock Register (ILR). Marcus has been involved in the development, installation, training, and support of ABRI's ILR computer systems for our clients in Australia, North America and Southern Africa.

Marcus brings this experience into his role as manager of ABRI’s team of ILR support programmers.
Wilson_Cody

Cody Wilson

Manager, Software Development
Since Cody’s appointment at ABRI in 1998, his focus has been on the development of PC software. The resulting platforms that he has developed are now used by our clients on a global scale.

In 2014, Cody was promoted to the position of manager of software development at ABRI. In this role, Cody leads the software development team in their efforts to embrace the latest software development practices and technologies, including the move to into cloud-based systems.
Wilson_Cory

Cory Wilson

Manager, Other Livestock Division
In 2000 Cory was employed by ABRI to work in the on-farm PC software division known as HerdMASTER. More recently, Cory has been involved in ABRI’s association software, iCompete, which is designed to work for a multitude of different species and organisations, outside the cattle industry.

In 2018, Cory promoted to the position of manager of the Other Livestock Division. His years of experience within ABRI have given him a great understanding of what is needed to help associations and societies succeed.
Marlon

Marlon Macatangay

Systems Manager
In 2019 Marlon joined the ABRI team in the role of systems manager, bringing with him extensive knowledge on network, software, and hardware systems.

Marlon has a bachelors’ degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines and led the Asia Pacific R&D IT for a multi-national telecommunications company, for 10 years. In this role he helped to develop their 4G and 5G technologies. As systems manager Marlon's focus is to upgrade ABRI's infrastructure using his knowledge and expertise in line with ABRI's range of innovative technology. In doing so, ensuring ABRI is ready for the future generations to come.
Faint_Trish

Trish Faint

Manager, Breed Secretariat, Office & HR
Trish Faint has been with ABRI since 2002. Trish manages the Breed Secretariat team, as well as handling many of ABRI’s office administration and HR duties.

A local New England resident, Trish has valuable rural knowledge from her family's cattle properties to the east of Armidale.

As manager of the Breed Secretariat team, Trish has extensive knowledge of ABRI and it’s clients. In this role, Trish ensures the smooth running of societies and the tasks required by our secretariat teams.
Potts_Geoff

Geoff Potts

Manager, Dairy Express
Geoff studied Animal Husbandry at Queensland Agricultural College in Gatton and has spent the last 40 years in various roles in the dairy industry including dairy farming, managing corporate dairies, a dairy nutrition consultant, a Dairy Express herd recorder, a regional agent and since 2006 he has been manager of Dairy Express.

Geoff has been able to draw on his vast practical experience to enhance the reporting of Dairy Express so that it zeros in on information that increases farm profitability. This, coupled with fast reporting of results, made possible by the internet, has allowed Dairy Express to grow and build its userbase of clients.
Mouten_Conrad

Coenraad Mouton

Company Accountant
Coenraad has held many positions during his employment with ABRI including management of the Saltbush Software division (now known as HerdMASTER) and their associated range of on-farm software products for many years.

With dual qualifications in computer science and accounting, Coenraad’s current position is as company accountant.
Felicity_Davis

Felicity Davis

Communications Manager
Felicity grew up in Armidale and completed her studies in Media and Communications through the University of New England (UNE). After university, Felicity moved to Sydney where she worked in a range of marketing and communications roles, primarily in the tourism industry. In 2018, Felicity relocated back to Armidale and in 2020 began her role as communications manager for ABRI.

Felicity's role involves implementing ABRI’s communications strategy for both internal and external communications. While also working closely with key stakeholders and the media for opportunities to showcase ABRI’s extensive range of products and services.

Our History

ABRI’s humble beginnings date back to July of 1970, with ABRI’s founder, the late Dr Arthur Rickards OAM, and his colleagues setting out to establish a technology transfer unit at UNE. At the time this was considered an ambitious move, but with the pioneering spirit of Dr Rickards, ABRI was established.

Dr Rickards had initially worked as officer in charge at the UNE Farm Management Service Centre (FMSC), which was run between 1965 and 1970. The FMSC provided comparative analysis services of farm records to farm management and consulting professions. Dr Rickards was instrumental in extending the centre’s work of forward planning using linear programming techniques.

Dr Rickards’ mission for ABRI was to establish a national agribusiness service which would facilitate a connection between the technological advancements being developed by the university and the technology being used within agricultural and rural industries. Over 50 years later, this ambitious mission has led to ABRI’s position as a world leader in agricultural software solutions.

One of the first major software advancements by ABRI in 1985, involved using an advanced system of genetic evaluation of beef cattle that was developed by UNE’s Animal Genetics Breeding Unit (AGBU). ABRI gave the technique the product name of BREEDPLAN, and together with AGBU, developed a BREEDPLAN suite of genetic evaluation software.

In the early days of BREEDPLAN’s development Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) acknowledged its potential and began providing considerable support and investment for its growth. The ongoing support from MLA is a testament to BREEDPLAN’s continued success and importance in the industry.

Currently BREEDPLAN provides approximately 63 separate genetic evaluations for 40 beef cattle breeds and 14 million animals, across 14 countries. In addition to this, ABRI also have an expansive range of custom software solutions for other livestock, including dairy cattle, sheep, goats, and horses.

ABRI’s current managing director, Mr Hugh Nivison, was appointed to the role in 2015. His vision for ABRI is to ensure that the knowledge and expertise of the past continues to move forward with new technological advancements which will benefit ABRI's clients and the wider livestock industries.

Our History

ABRI’s humble beginnings date back to July of 1970, with ABRI’s founder, the late Dr Arthur Rickards OAM, and his colleagues setting out to establish a technology transfer unit at UNE. At the time, this was considered an ambitious move, but with the pioneering spirit of Dr Rickards, ABRI was established.

Dr Rickards had initially worked as officer in charge at the UNE Farm Management Service Centre (FMSC), which was run between 1965 and 1970. The FMSC provided comparative analysis services of farm records to farm management and consulting professions. Dr Rickards was instrumental in extending the centre’s work of forward planning using linear programming techniques.

Dr Rickards’ mission for ABRI was to establish a national agribusiness service which would facilitate a connection between the technological advancements being developed by the university and the technology being used within agricultural and rural industries. Over 50 years later, this ambitious mission has led to ABRI’s position as a world leader in agricultural software solutions.

One of the first major software advancements by ABRI in 1985, involved using an advanced system of genetic evaluation of beef cattle that was developed by UNE’s Animal Genetics Breeding Unit (AGBU). ABRI gave the technique the product name of BREEDPLAN, and together with AGBU, developed a BREEDPLAN suite of genetic evaluation software.

In the early days of BREEDPLAN’s development, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) acknowledged its potential and began providing considerable support and investment for its growth. The ongoing support from MLA is a testament to BREEDPLAN’s continued success and importance in the industry.

Currently BREEDPLAN provides approximately 63 separate genetic evaluations for 40 beef cattle breeds and 14 million animals, across 14 countries. In addition to this, ABRI also have an expansive range of custom software solutions for other livestock, including dairy cattle, sheep, goats, and horses.

ABRI’s current managing director, Mr Hugh Nivison, was appointed to the role in 2015. His vision for ABRI is to ensure that the knowledge and expertise of the past continues to move forward with new technological advancements which will benefit ABRI's clients and the wider livestock industries.

Our History

ABRI’s humble beginnings date back to July of 1970, with ABRI’s founder, the late Dr Arthur Rickards OAM, and his colleagues setting out to establish a technology transfer unit at UNE. At the time this was considered an ambitious move, but with the pioneering spirit of Dr Rickards, ABRI was established.

Dr Rickards had initially worked as officer in charge at the UNE Farm Management Service Centre (FMSC), which was run between 1965 and 1970. The FMSC provided comparative analysis services of farm records to farm management and consulting professions. Dr Rickards was instrumental in extending the centre’s work of forward planning using linear programming techniques.

Dr Rickards’ mission for ABRI was to establish a national agribusiness service which would facilitate a connection between the technological advancements being developed by the university and the technology being used within agricultural and rural industries. Over 50 years later, this ambitious mission has led to ABRI’s position as a world leader in agricultural software solutions.

One of the first major software advancements by ABRI in 1985, involved using an advanced system of genetic evaluation of beef cattle that was developed by UNE’s Animal Genetics Breeding Unit (AGBU). ABRI gave the technique the product name of BREEDPLAN, and together with AGBU, developed a BREEDPLAN suite of genetic evaluation software.

In the early days of BREEDPLAN’s development Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) acknowledged its potential and began providing considerable support and investment for its growth. The ongoing support from MLA is a testament to BREEDPLAN’s continued success and importance in the industry.

Currently BREEDPLAN provides approximately 63 separate genetic evaluations for 40 beef cattle breeds and 14 million animals, across 14 countries. In addition to this, ABRI also have an expansive range of custom software solutions for other livestock, including dairy cattle, sheep, goats, and horses.

ABRI’s current managing director, Mr Hugh Nivison, was appointed to the role in 2015. His vision for ABRI is to ensure that the knowledge and expertise of the past continues to move forward with new technological advancements which will benefit ABRI's clients and the wider livestock industries.