BAgrSci (Hons 1), PhD

Areas of interest

Profitable and sustainable dairy farm systems; improving pasture growth, quality and utilisation; improved wintering systems for the South Island; alternative feeding options for grazed dairy cows; dairy systems redesign to improve productivity and reduce their environmental impact; dairy cow nutrition;

Key accomplishments

Industry: Establishment of the monitor farms on the West Coast and in Southland to provide pasture growth and quality information for farmers in the regions. Leading the Southern Wintering Systems initiative for DairyNZ. Regular invited presenter at SIDE conference workshops. Provider of technical support to Canterbury, Otago and Southland extension staff. Provider of technical information for policy development in Southland Science: Leading DairyNZ’s farm systems research activities in Southland and Otago and strengthening relationships with AgResearch, Plant and Food, Telford and Lincoln University. Lead scientist implementing the farm systems comparison within the P21 Productivity and Environment programme of work in Southland/Otago and member of the management team for the Canterbury programme.
Awards: Senior Scholar 1983, Skellerup Post-graduate scholarship 1990;
DRDC Post-doctoral fellowship 1995.

Career output summary:

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Other Roles

Ad hoc reviewer for Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, New Zealand Society of Animal Production.

DairyNZ representative on the SIDDC and SIDE research and innovation committees.