Achieving Sustainable Production of Milk Volume 3: Dairy Herd Management and Welfare


Achieving Sustainable Production of Milk Volume 3: Dairy Herd Management and Welfare Authors: , , , , , , , Editor: John Webster Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited Pages: 606 Illustrations and other contents: Colour tables, photos and figures Language: English ISBN: 9781786760524 Categories: ,

In meeting rising demand, more intensive dairying systems face a range of challenges such as maintaining high standards of safety in the face of the continuing threat from zoonoses entering the food chain, whilst sustaining nutritional and sensory quality. At the same time farms need to become more efficient and sustainable. Finally, farming must also meet higher standards of animal health and welfare. Drawing on an international range of expertise, this book reviews research addressing the welfare, nutrition and health of dairy cattle. Part 1 begins by discussing key issues in welfare followed by topics such as genetic selection and welfare, housing and transportation. Part 2 looks at nutrition with chapters on rumen microbiology, feed evaluation and formulation, feed supplements and feed safety. The final part of the book covers aspects of health such as control of diseases and other disorders such as lameness as well as dairy herd health management. Achieving sustainable production of milk Volume 3: Dairy herd management and welfare will be a standard reference for animal and dairy scientists in universities, government and other research centres and companies involved in beef production. It is accompanied by two other volumes which review milk composition, genetics and breeding as well as safety, quality and sustainability.

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"...the book offers important and in-depth information on dairy cattle welfare, nutrition and health." International Dairy Magazine

Author Biography

Dr John Webster is Emeritus Professor in Animal Husbandry at the University of Bristol, UK. Amongst his many achievements, Professor Webster was recently awarded an honorary degree by the Royal Veterinary College for his research in animal science, as well as the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Welfare. He established the Animal Welfare and Behaviour Group at the University of Bristol, one of the largest and most highly-regarded of its kind in the world, and was a founder member of the Farm Animal Welfare Council which pioneered the Five Freedoms for farm animals. Dr Jennie Pryce is Principal Research Scientist at Agriculture Victoria Research part of the State Government of Victoria, Australia where she lead the Animal's Programme of DairyBio. Dr Pryce is also Professor at La Trobe University, Australia. Yvette de Haas is employed as Programme Manager at Wageningen Livestock Research, the Netherlands. Her expertise is in precision phenotyping for the purpose of animal breeding. Precision phenotyping includes both recording new traits of individual animals on a large scale, or recording existing traits better with more in depth information from sensors. Emily Miller-Cushon is an Assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida. She completed her PhD in Animal Behavior and Welfare at the University of Guelph in 2014. Her research focuses on the relationships between management, behavior, and welfare of dairy calves. Dr. Trevor DeVries is a Canada Research Chair in Dairy Cattle Behavior 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, behavior, and welfare. John McNamara is an Emeritus Professor at Washington State University and a Fellow of ADSA and ASAS. His foundational research helped determine the quantitative contribution of specific pathways and enzymes to the efficiency of the cow. This research has discovered key elements of transcriptional control of metabolism, led to expansion of systems models in research and the specific mechanisms of integration of nutritional metabolism and reproduction. He has been recognized as a world leader in systems biology and has given invited lectures in more than a dozen countries. He continues to focus on integrating genetics, nutrition and reproduction in mathematical models of the cow. He has served on the NC 185, 1009, and 1040 research committees for 25 years and has written 3 revisions of that project. He has advised the WSU Cooperative University Dairy Students for the last 17 years. He has served on several editorial boards and 4 terms as an Editor of The Journal of Dairy Science and is presently Special Editor of the Special 100th Anniversary Issue of The Journal. He has procured more than $3 M in research and teaching support; mentored several graduate students, hundreds of undergraduate students, and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed research papers, proceedings and invited talks. Dr. McNamara was the first recipient of the WSU College of Agriculture and Home Economics Excellence in Research Award; also Excellence in Advising (2005); ADSA Young Scientist Award (1992); Higher Education Teacher of the Year Award (2001) from the Washington Science Teachers Association and the Corbin Award Companion Animal Biology from ASAS (2007), and was the inaugural recipient of the Jane Parker Excellence in Advising award from WSU. In 2015 he received the Zoetis Physiology Award as one of the most prestigious recognitions for scientific achievement in Dairy Science.