TotalDairy Seminar Speakers

We are delighted to announce the following speakers for TotalDairy 2019.

Gerard Cramer DVM DVSc

Dr. Gerard Cramer has spent his whole life finding ways to work with dairy cows. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Gerard spent time running a dairy farm, owning a foot health specific veterinary practice and getting both a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Doctor of Veterinary Science degree from the University of Guelph. Joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 2013, Gerard splits his time between educating veterinary and graduate students and doing foot health related research. Current Research interest include; Evaluating and developing safe and effective prevention and intervention strategies for common foot diseases; Investigating the effect of transition cow health and metabolic status on foot health; Investigating herd level factors which influence lameness incidence and Developing effective industry level programs that facilitate changes at the herd level to reduce lameness incidence.

Sarne De Vliegher

Sarne De Vliegher is a professor at Ghent University, leading M-teamUGent and performing research related to mastitis and milk quality. His latest work focuses on the role of the non-aureus staphylococci for bovine udder health and on antimicrobial consumption on dairy farms. He is cofounder and co-owner of MEX™, a Ghent University spinoff company developing tools to make mastitis management easy and he is co-editor of M²-magazine, bringing international news related to udder health and milk quality from around the world.

Trevor De Vries

Trevor De Vries is a professor at the University of Guelph where his work covers dairy cattle behaviour, nutrition and welfare, with a focus on feeding behaviour and diet selection, and how these are influenced by diet, management and housing systems. His recent research projects include the behaviour of cows in automated milking systems and social housing of calves.

Paul Harris

Paul Harris launched Real Success Ltd in 2008 which provides training, coaching and consultancy to businesses within the agricultural sector to help them recruit, engage, align and lead their people. Paul also designed and developed the VITA personality profiling system that helps farm owners and managers to understand their teams and engage with them more effectively.

Amongst his clients are winners of Dairy Farmer of the Year in 2016 and the prestigious RABDF Gold Cup in 2018 - both of which quote their approach to staff management as key reasons for their awards and commercial success.

Paul has spoken at large events across the UK and Europe, including the World Dairy Summit, The Dairy Show, Dairy Tech and will be speaking at the EDF congress in Denmark in 2019. He is rapidly growing his reputation as one of the most respected authorities on team performance, staff alignment and retention in the agricultural sector.

Amy Jackson

Amy has been involved in the farming industry for most of her life, working on farms in the UK and Canada between studying agriculture at SAC then University of Aberdeen. She made the move into communications 20 years ago, working with agricultural businesses then mainstream clients including Cadbury, Gillette, Toyota and Lafarge before setting up her own consultancy in 2008. Specialising in crisis and reputation management, Amy has developed communications strategies around issues as diverse as end-of-life care, waste fuels, horsemeat, large scale farming and, most recently, the use of antibiotics in livestock farming. She started an AHDB-sponsored part-time PhD with the University of Nottingham’s vet school in 2017, examining public perceptions of how we house and manage dairy cows.

Cees Jan Hollander

Cees Jan Hollander is born in a dairy farmers family. After completing the agricultural education Cees Jan started his career managing a dairy herd of 120 dairy cows. Next was a position at the applied research department of Wageningen Research and University in the group of dairy nutrition. Demonstrating how to apply the research findings on a farm was key here. Cees Jan continued his career at Lely International. This Dutch family owned business is market leader in the automatic milking systems. In the global role of farm management support ensuring farmers that changed to automatic milking the best transition. Since 2014 being the global farming expert at Danone. Currently responsible for the global roll out of the new animal welfare assessment and sharing best practices for economic sustainability. Managing the R&I for sustainable milk production.

Jon Moorby

Jon Moorby is Professor of Livestock Science at the BBSRC Institute of Biological, Rural and Environmental Sciences (IBERS) and Director of Sustainable Farming Systems at Aberystwyth University. He gained a BA in Biological Sciences at Oxford in 1990 and a PhD in dairy cow nutrition at the Scottish Agricultural College (now Scotland’s Rural College) at Auchincruive, Ayr, in 1993. Following that he moved to the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research in Aberystwyth (which merged with the university in 2008 to form IBERS) to continue research on dairy cow nutrition. He has a particular interest in optimising the use of home-grown forage-based diets for ruminant livestock, and has developed research programmes with the institute’s plant breeding teams. He has worked to investigate the benefits of new forage plant varieties and define new breeding targets, with the specific goal of improving the efficiency of capture of plant nutrients into meat and milk, helping to reduce the outputs of pollutants such as methane and nitrogen that leads to ammonia and nitrous oxide emissions.

Greg Penner

Dr. Greg Penner is an Associate Professor and Centennial Enhancement Chair in Nutritional Physiology. He joined the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the University of Saskatchewan in 2009 after obtaining his BSA (2004) and M.Sc. (2004) degrees from the same University, and his PhD from the University of Alberta (2009). His research covers forage utilization, ruminant nutrition, and regulation gut function in cattle. He has developed 2 indwelling pH measurement systems that have been adopted by the research community worldwide. Dr. Penner has a well-funded research program supporting and has trained more than 10 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers and provided over 40 invited presentations. Greg also has an active extension program helping to communicate research results to end users and serves as the co-chair for the Saskatchewan Beef and Forage Symposium.

Chris Reynolds

Chris Reynolds is Professor of Animal and Dairy Science and director of the Centre for Dairy Research (CEDAR) at the University of Reading. Educated at the University of Tennessee, he gained his PhD in Animal Science in 1984. He then worked as a Research Scientist in the Ruminant Nutrition Laboratory of the US Department of Agriculture’s Research Center at Beltsville Maryland until moving to the University of Reading in 1993 when he married an Englishwoman and decided it was easier to move him to England than to move his wife’s horse to America. He then spent 4 years as an Associate Professor at the Ohio State University before returning to the University of Reading in 2006. His research has primarily focused on the nutritional physiology of ruminants in relation to energy and protein metabolism. Recent research themes include the effects of milk and meat composition on consumer health, the nutritional management of ruminants to reduce environmental impacts of milk and meat production, and the use of legumes and multi-species swards to improve the sustainability and resilience of ruminant production systems. Chris is currently President of the British Grassland Society.

Jim Reynolds

Dr. Reynolds graduated from UC Davis in 1982. He was in private dairy and beef practice in California for 14 years, with one year in mixed practice, and then completed a Residency program in Public Health with the California Department of Health Services. He was the Chief of Clinical Services for Production Medicine at UC Davis for 12 years. He was Professor of Large Animal Medicine/Welfare at Western University, College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona, CA, for 5 years and was Vice President of Consulting for Praedium, providing animal welfare programs, management and training for dairies and other farms. Dr. Reynolds is currently back with Western University.

Dr. Reynolds has worked extensively in on-farm clinical bovine practice in California, other states and in several countries.

Dr. Reynolds has served as chair of both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Animal Welfare Committees. He is currently a member of the California Veterinary Medical Association Animal Welfare Committee. He was a founding board member of the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO). Dr. Reynolds is a member of the scientific committees for Validus and the American Humane Society and conducts welfare assessments and audits for Validus, LLC. He has been course leader for the American Association of Bovine Practitioner’s pre-convention seminar on Cattle Welfare since 2010. He is the Chair of the Consumer Affairs Committee for the Dairy Cattle Welfare Council.

Dr. Reynolds received the AVMA Animal Welfare Award for 2007 and the American Association of Bovine Veterinarians Award of Excellence for 2010. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Animal Welfare (ACAW).

Dr. Reynolds current interests include on-farm animal welfare programs, sustainable agriculture, production livestock medicine, calf management, mastitis control and international medicine.

Susie Stannard

Susie Stannard has spent 18 years in the market research industry, focusing on consumer insight. She has worked for two large market research agencies (Millward Brown and Nielsen), focusing on the food and drink industries in areas such as brands, advertising, consumer usage and attitudes and how attitudes shape buying behaviour. She also worked for H.J.Heinz, supporting marketing and innovation. Latterly she brings these skills to the agriculture sector at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), where she focusses on leading insight into the Dairy sector, amongst other projects. She contributes to AHDB's Targeted Activity Group (TAG) on Animal Welfare and Behaviour.

Marina Von Keyserlingk

Dr. Marina (Nina) A.G. von Keyserlingk (B.Sc., M.Sc. Ph.D., Professor) is a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Industrial Research Chair holder in Animal Welfare at The University of British Columbia (UBC) and is recognized internationally for her research on care and housing for cattle. Together with her students and colleagues she has published in excess of 200 peer reviewed scientific publications. Because of this work as an educator on farm animal care, the impact of her research can now be seen on farms around the world.