Speakers


Dr. Alex Bach (Research Institute of Agricultural Technology) IRTA Spain
Dr. Jeffrey Bewley University of Kentucky
Dr. Marian Dawkins University of Oxford
Dr. Trevor DeVries University of Guelph
Dr. William Dozier Auburn University
Dr. Laura Greiner Carthage Innovative Swine Solutions, LLC
Mr. George Jarrett Cows Come First, LLC
Dr. Lee Johnston University of Minnesota
Dr. Hélène Lapierre Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
Dr. Charles Maxwell University of Arkansas
Dr. Greg Penner University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Nathalie Trottier Michigan State University
Dr. Martin Zuidhof University of Alberta

Dr. Alex Bach
IRTA, Spain

Dr. Bach is an ICREA Research Professor and Director of the Department of Ruminant Production of IRTA (a research institute from Catalonia devoted to study ruminant production systems). He conducts research on nutrition, metabolism, and management of dairy cows and replacements. He has received several awards in recognition of his research activities, has spoken at more than 100 international congresses, and is author or co-author of close to 100 peer-reviewed publications, more than 90 extension articles, and more than 10 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 a member of various scientific committees. 


Dr. Jeffrey Bewley
University of Kentucky

Jeffrey Bewley is from Rineyville, Kentucky where he grew up working on his grandfather’s (Hilary Skees) dairy farm. He received a B.S. in Animal Sciences from the University of Kentucky in 1998. In 2000, he completed his MS. in Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the direction of Dr. Roger Palmer. His PhD work under Dr. Mike Schutz at Purdue University focused on the application and economics of precision dairy farming technologies. Jeffrey’s program focuses on precision dairy technology implementation, mastitis prevention, cow comfort, lameness prevention, and decision economics.


Dr. Marian Dawkins
University of Oxford

Marian Stamp Dawkins is Professor of Animal Behaviour in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, UK and has been involved in research on farm animal welfare, particularly that of poultry, for many years. She is the author of Animal Suffering: the Science of Animal Welfare (1980), Through Our Eyes Only? The Search for Animal Consciousness (1993) and Why Animals Matter: Animal Consciousness, Animal Welfare and Human Well-Being (2012). She has also co-authored (with Aubrey Manning) An Introduction to Animal Behaviour (2012). She has worked extensively with commercial poultry producers in the UK, Europe and the US and has a particular interest in the commercial applications of welfare research and of finding ways to make good welfare pay. 


 Dr. Trevor DeVries
University of Guelph

Dr. Trevor DeVries is a Canada Research Chair in Dairy Cattle Behaviour and Welfare and an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph. Trevor received his B.Sc. in Agriculture from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2001. Immediately following, he began graduate studies at UBC, focusing his research on dairy cow feeding behavior. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2006, he worked for one year as a post-doctoral researcher at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, focusing his research on ruminant nutrition. In 2007 he was appointed as faculty with the University of Guelph. In his current position, Trevor is involved in research and teaching in the areas of dairy cattle nutrition, management, behaviour, and welfare.


 Dr. Willliam Dozier
Auburn University

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 Dr. Laura Greiner
Carthage Innovative Swine Solutions, LLC

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 Mr. George Jarrett
Cows Come First, LLC

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Dr. Lee Johnston
University of Minnesota

Dr. Lee Johnston is a Professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota. His current responsibilities include delivering educational programs to pork producers and other industry professionals, conducting swine nutrition and management research, and supervising the West Central Research and Outreach Center's swine research unit. His primary research interests are nutrition and management of the sow, feed ingredient evaluation, and management of systems for pork production. Since 2010, he has served as the Director of Operations at his research center and oversees programs in Dairy Production, Renewable Energy, Horticulture, and Agronomy. Dr. Johnston received his B.S. in Animal Production from Pennsylvania State University in 1982, his M.S. in Swine Nutrition from Texas Tech University in 1984 and his PhD in Swine Nutrition and Management from Michigan State University in 1988. He and his wife live on a small farm in Morris, MN where they have raised Dorset sheep since 1989. 


 Dr. Hélène Lapierre
Agriculture and Agri-food Canada

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 Dr. Charles Maxwell
University of Arkansas

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 Dr. Greg Penner
University of Saskatchewan

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 Dr. Nathalie Trottier
Michigan State University

Nathalie Trottier is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University. She received her B.Sc. in agronomy and her M.Sc. in animal nutrition from McGill University, and her PhD in animal nutrition from the University of Illinois. Her research is focused on understanding factors that regulate nitrogen and amino acid utilization in pigs and horses. Her teaching responsibilities include undergraduate level Monogastric Animal Nutrition and graduate level Protein Metabolism courses. Dr. Trottier has served on the recent swine NRC (2012) committee. She is currently serving on the National Animal Nutrition Program and is chairing the Dave Baker Amino Acid Symposium committee. 


 Dr. Martin Zuidhof
University of Alberta

Dr. Zuidhof grew up a pig farmer, and is now an award-winning teacher and researcher. He received his PhD in Animal Science from the University of Alberta in 2004. Martin worked as a research scientist with Alberta Agriculture from 1993 to 2008. In 2009, he joined the University of Alberta in 2009, as Associate Professor and Academic Leader of the Poultry Research Centre. 

Martin’s overarching aim is to find innovative and practical ways to improve production, such as precision feeding for broiler breeders. He has developed a system to feed the right bird the right amount of feed at the right time – addressing one of the biggest practical challenges that the broiler breeder industry faces. With this feeding system, he has consistently been able to achieve 100% flock uniformity, and higher feed efficiency than using conventional daily of skip-a-day feeding. Dr. Zuidhof is passionate about precision feeding, and his goal is to revolutionize the way the world feeds broiler breeders before he retires.