Eric Hillerton is the chief scientist for DairyNZ Ltd – the New Zealand dairy industry’s on-farm research, development and extension organisation. He moved to DairyNZ from the UK in 2006.
Eric has responsibility for approximately 100 staff working on numerous projects including dairy animals, feed, farm systems, environment, milk quality and labour/technology. Staff are located at Hamilton, Hawera, Lincoln, Invercargill and near Whangarei, all in New Zealand. Facilities and projects are located on seven farms using access to 3500 cows.
He grew up in Hawick, Scotland and graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc and PhD. He is an Adjunct Professor in Dairy Systems at Massey University.
For more than 30 years he has led work on the epidemiology of mastitis and other diseases of dairy cattle, developments in milking technology including automated systems, milk quality, and veterinary entomology.
His roles in New Zealand include being the national representative to the IDF Standing Committees on Animal Health and Welfare, and Farm Management, a board member of the Johne’s Disease Research Consortium, and a member of the Biosecurity New Zealand Surveillance Committee.
He is a past President of the National Mastitis Council, a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and a Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand.