TotalDairy Seminar Speakers

In keeping with our ethos of Delivering Global Dairy Expertise, we will have expert speakers from around to world to bring you updates on the latest research in their field and practical take home messages to implement on your farms.

Alex Bach

Alex Bach is an ICREA Research Professor at the Department of Ruminant Production of IRTA. Alex conducts research in ruminant production systems. His research focuses on optimizing the growth curve of dairy replacement heifers, as well as their management and housing systems. He also uses mathematical models to simulate work-flows of ruminant production systems with the aim of helping the decision-making process in dairy enterprises. In addition, Alex conducts basic research to understand the physiology and metabolism of ruminants with especial emphasis on the impact of nutrition and management during early development on future metabolic function.

Alex has received several awards in recognition to his research activities, has spoken at more than 100 international congresses, is author or co-author of more than 120 peer-reviewed publications, more than 100 extension articles, and more than 20 books (or book chapters). He has served as a scientific expert in several committees of the European Food Safety Authority. He is section editor and sits in the editorial boards of several scientific journals, and is member of various scientific committees.

Dr. Phil Cardoso

Dr. Phil Cardoso is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his D.V.M. and M.S. degrees from the Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Since 2012, Cardoso has established a unique program that seamlessly blends his teaching, extension, and research efforts using a business model to give students opportunities to evaluate dairy farms. His research builds from questions asked by dairy producers and focuses on the impact of nutrition on metabolism, reproduction and health in dairy cows, as well as mechanisms of metabolic adaptation.

Pete Down

Pete qualified from Bristol Vet School in 2004 and worked as a large animal vet in Suffolk for the following 6 years. He returned 'home' to Nottingham in 2010 and took up a dairy residency position at Nottingham Vet School. This led to a PhD exploring the cost-effectiveness of on-farm interventions aimed at reducing mastitis in dairy cows. Since completing his PhD, he became a clinical lecturer in farm animal population health at Nottingham Vet School. He is an RCVS Specialist in Cattle Health and Production and is interested in all aspects of dairy herd health with a particular focus on mastitis prevention.

Tom Greenham

Tom qualified as a vet from the University of Bristol in 2008. After three years in general farm animal practice, he joined Lambert Leonard and May, a specialist dairy practice in the west of England. A growing interest in udder health and milking performance led to further specialisation in this area, with Tom providing advanced advice on mastitis, milk quality and milking efficiency issues.

Working in this area highlighted the need for the dairy industry to have a better understanding of the relationship between the cow and the milking machine. With colleague Dan Humphries, Tom started Advance Milking, a consultancy service for all aspects of udder health and milking machine optimisation. Tom provides specialist advice for dairy farms in the UK and Ireland, as well as working around the world to deliver training and independent support to other dairy industry stakeholders. Conducting and facilitating research projects is a growing area of work and Tom is delighted to have the opportunity to share some of the results from this work at TotalDairy 2018.

Andrew Henderson

Andrew qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Bristol in 2007 and then proceeded to work in a cattle practice based in South West England and South Wales for 6 years. During this time he developed an interest in farmer training and dairy cow mastitis, becoming a LANTRA approved trainer and AHDB Mastitis Control Plan Deliverer. He then joined the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS) at the University of Nottingham in 2013 as a Resident in Dairy Herd Health and Production. Whilst at SVMS he split his time between teaching the final year herd health rotation, working in the clinical associate practice, research and consultancy.

He gained a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice with a designation in Cattle in 2014 and a European Diploma in Bovine Health Management in 2016. At present he is finalising the completion of a Masters in Veterinary Medicine. This focuses on investigating the prediction of dry period intramammary infection status change using lifetime cow factors from milk recording information.

Andrew lives on the outskirts of Sheffield and when not at work enjoys mountain biking, running and looking after his small flock of sheep.

Kate Johnson

Kate qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Cambridge and then worked at the Royal Veterinary College where she completed a PhD in dairy heifer health and welfare. She is now a Fellow at the University of Reading where her research work focuses on dairy health and welfare and farmer decision support and she is a module convener in the Animal Science degree.

Professor Christoph Muelling

Christoph Mulling is a Veterinarian and a clinical Anatomist with a passion for teaching and lameness research. He graduated as DVM in 1988 from the Free University in Berlin, Germany. After six years in a large animal practice, he returned to the Free University earning a German Dr. med. vet. degree in 1993. Subsequently he received his Post-Doc training in Berlin, Cornell and Japan. Since then he has been active with academic research and teaching. In 2006, Mulling accepted a position as associated professor in Clinical Veterinary Anatomy at the University of Nottingham in 2007. He joined the University of Calgary as a professor of veterinary anatomy, serving as the associated dean curriculum from 2008 to 2010. In May 2010 he accepted a position as professor of veterinary anatomy at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Leipzig, were he currently is active in research and teaching and serves as Associate Dean Academic of the Faculty. Muellings interdisciplinary research ties in clinical applied and clinical work with basic sciences. His group is working mainly in two areas: 1. pathogenesis and pathomechanisms of diseases of the bovine, equine and porcine foot and biomechanics and locomotion analysis in cattle, horses and pigs; 2. Morphological and in vitro research on skin in different spezies including birds and 3. research in Veterinary Education. He continues to be passionately engaged in teaching. His team is developing multimedia enhanced teaching materials designed for integrated teaching of clinical anatomy.

Donald Niles

Dr Niles graduated from the University of Minnesota with a D.V.M. in 1982. He practiced in Casco, Wisconsin (1983-1998) and also worked as a Monsanto Technical Service veterinarian in Visalia, CA. Since 2001, Don has been the co-owner and manager of Dairy Dreams LLC, a 2800 cow dairy in NE Wisconsin. Dr Niles has been a featured speaker, both nationally and internationally on topics relating to proper cow care, in particular maternity care on modern dairy farms. Recently, he was elected as president of the newly formed Peninsula Pride Farms, a farmer lead environmental stewardship organization in Kewaunee and southern Door Counties. He participates on the following organizations: AVMA; AABP; DCWC; DBA and NMC

Jamie Robertson

Jaime graduated in Agricultural Science from Aberdeen University in 1977, promptly leaving the UK to live and work abroad on livestock development programmes. He returned to Aberdeen in 1984 for an MSc in Animal Production, and has worked since then on research and development projects examining the link between environment and animal health. Working at the SAC Centre for Rural Buildings and then the University of Aberdeen, Jamie was also the UK representative on the International Commission for Agricultural Engineering working group on animal house environments, livestock specialist at the Centre for Organic Agriculture at the University of Aberdeen, and committee member for BSAS and SOPA. Currently Director of Livestock Management Systems Ltd and Honorary research fellow, Aberdeen University.

Claire Wathes

Claire Wathes graduated with a first degree in Biological Sciences then studied for a PhD at the University of Nottingham. She then worked at the University of Bristol and the Babraham Institute, Cambridge before taking up her present post as Professor of Veterinary Reproduction at the Royal Veterinary College London in 1994. Her main research focus is on farm animal reproduction. She has a longstanding interest in the causes of infertility in dairy cows. The current main emphasis of her studies is in understanding the metabolic signals which influence fertility. This has led to an interest in aspects of growth and development in heifers which affect their performance as an adult. She was awarded the Research Medal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) in 2006 and the Marshall Medal of the Society for Reproduction and Fertility in 2015. She is a Fellow of the RASE and a Council member of the Royal Society of Biology. She has published over 250 research papers and reviews in the general area of farm animal reproduction, with a current H-index of 49.

Bill Weiss

Bill Weiss is a Professor and Extension Specialist of Dairy Cattle Nutrition in the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University, located at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster. He earned his B.S. and M.S. from Purdue University and obtained his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He has been on the faculty of The Ohio State University since 1989 with a joint research and extension appointment. His main research areas are: 1. Factors affecting digestive efficiency of dairy cows 2) Relationships between minerals and vitamins and health of dairy cows; 3) Effect of diet variability on productivity of dairy cows. He has authored more than 110 journal articles and 350 extension type articles and has presented lectures on dairy nutrition in more than 30 countries. He is a board certified (Nutrition) member of ARPAS. He was a member of the 2001 Dairy NRC committee and is currently serving as vice chair of the 2016 Dairy NRC committee.